America’s Most Popular Dog Breed Revealed


The Labrador Retriever continues its reign at the top!

In the spirit of National Purebred Dog Day, the American Kennel Club wants to let dog owners know that the loveable Lab remains the number one most popular breed in the United States. The annual celebration of National Purebred Dog Day on May 1 highlights the pride, predictability and purpose of purebred dogs, as well as the many ways these wonderful dogs impact humans every day.

While the Labrador Retriever holds firmly to the top spot, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has ascended the list over the past decade. The lively little herder landed at number 10, its highest ranking since becoming recognized by the AKC in 1934. Moreover, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi knocked the Yorkshire Terrier out of the top 10, where the breed had been a fixture since 1995.

The Labrador Retriever is also number one in Atlanta, Denver and Raleigh, while New York City, San Francisco and Miami are French Bulldog lovers.

In addition to the country’s most popular, there were some rare and unique breeds on the rise in 2019. The Boykin Spaniel rose 11 spots (100 to 89), the Lowchen rose 10 spots (168 to 158), the Swedish Vallhund rose 10 spots (169 to 159), and the Lagotto Romagnolo rose nine spots (99 to 90). Looking back over the past decade, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon made quite a jump, rising 46 spots from 108th in 2009 to 62nd in 2019.

See below for AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds in 2019, along with the 2018 comparison:

2019 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. 2018 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.
1. Labrador Retriever 1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog 2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Golden Retriever 3. Golden Retriever
4. French Bulldog 4. French Bulldog
5. Bulldog 5. Bulldog
6. Poodle 6. Beagle
7. Beagle 7. Poodle
8. Rottweiler 8. Rottweiler
9. German Shorthaired Pointer 9. German Shorthaired Pointer
10. Pembroke Welsh Corgi 10. Yorkshire Terrier


Jessica Rice D’Amato

Sr. Public Relations Manager

American Kennel Club

  • Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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