What are the most popular pet dog breeds in the U.S.? New pooch enters the major 5, AKC suggests

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — They are top puppies — once again.

The Labrador retriever has been tabbed the most well-known dog breed in the United States for the 31st consecutive year, in accordance to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The breed beat out 196 other regarded breeds to consider home the honor.

The AKC factors to Labs’ temperament and flexibility as two attributes that preserve them favorites between American households.

Rounding out the best five ended up, in order, French bulldogs, golden retrievers, German shepherds and poodles, the latter of which moved again into the major five for the very first time since 1997, AKC reported.


FILE – Siba, a poodle, competes for Ideal in Display during the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Pet Show, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. The American Kennel Club’s annual popularity rankings arrive out Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and poodles are in the best 10. (AP Picture/John Minchillo, File)

Rounding out the best 10, in get, are bulldogs, beagles, Rottweilers, German shorthaired pointers and dachshunds.

The 5 the very least well-known breeds according to AKC: sloughis (193), Belgian laekenois (194), American foxhounds (195), English foxhounds (196) and Norwegian lundehunds (197), which is the rarest breed of the bunch, according to the Connected Press. It is a little dog that has further toes and strange flexibility that, at one time, assisted them climb Norwegian cliffs.


In addition to the poodle, there was some important motion for various breeds on the listing.

The discipline spaniel moved up 24 locations to No. 136, when the Puli, with its distinctive corded coat, dropped 21 destinations to No. 164. A breed new to the list, the Biewer Terrier, debuted at No. 83. The AKC first regarded the breed in January 2021.

To see the complete rankings, take a look at the American Kennel Club web-site.