Most Popular AKC Dog Breeds for 2015

Which dog breed is the most popular? According to the AKC, the Labrador Retriever is number one again – for the 25th consecutive year. The German Shepherd was #2 and the Golden Retriever ranked third. The rest of the top 10 included the Bulldog, Beagle, French Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Rottweiler, and Boxer. Coming in at #11 was the German Shorthaired Pointer, a breed that includes this year’s Westminster Best in Show winner, CJ.

My favorite breed, the Chihuaha, came in 28th according to the AKC, though first in the Newcomb household.

The statistics reflect puppies and other newly registered dogs. The AKC does not release raw numbers, only rankings. They don’t include mixed-breed dogs (or hybrids such as Labradoodles and maltipoos that aren’t AKC-recognized breeds).

According to AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo, “Americans ‘like easy-to-care-for, fun family dogs,’ whether that means big, strong animals that can protect their families or small pets with big-dog personalities.” says AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. The Lab is known for being easygoing, multitalented and friendly. And they have held the top spot for longer than any other breed since the AKC started counting in the 1880s.



  • Breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 1917.
  • They come in three main colors – yellow, black and chocolate.
  • Labs excel as guide dogs for the blind, as part of search-and-rescue teams or in narcotics detection with law enforcement.
  • Considered a great family dog but one that demands a lot of exercise including swimming and fetching games.
  • Average size for male is 22.5-24.5 inches tall and weighing 65-80 pounds.
  • Average size for female is 21.5-23.5 inches tall and weighing 55-70 pounds.

THE TOP 100 [source:]


  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd Dog
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Bulldog
  5. Beagle
  6. French Bulldog
  7. Yorkshire Terrier
  8. Poodle
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Boxer
  11. German Shorthaired Pointer
  12. Siberian Husky
  13. Dachshund
  14. Doberman Pinscher
  15. Great Dane
  16. Miniature Schnauzer
  17. Australian Shepherd
  18. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  19. Shih Tzu
  20. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  21. Pomeranian
  22. Boston Terrier
  23. Shetland Sheepdog
  24. Havanese
  25. Mastiff



  1. Brittany
  2. English Springer Spaniel
  3. Chihuahua
  4. Bernese Mountain Dog
  5. Cocker Spaniel
  6. Maltese
  7. Vizsla
  8. Pug
  9. Weimaraner
  10. Cane Corso
  11. Collie
  12. Newfoundland
  13. Border Collie
  14. Basset Hound
  15. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  16. West Highland White Terrier
  17. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  18. Bullmastiff
  19. Bichons Frise
  20. Shiba Inu
  21. Akita
  22. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  23. Papillon
  24. Bloodhound
  25. St. Bernard



  1. Belgian Malinois
  2. Portuguese Water Dog
  3. Airedale Terrier
  4. Alaskan Malamute
  5. Bull Terrier
  6. Australian Cattle Dog
  7. Whippet
  8. Scottish Terrier
  9. Chinese Shar-Pei
  10. English Cocker Spaniel
  11. Samoyed
  12. Dalmatian
  13. Dogues de Bordeaux
  14. Miniature Pinscher
  15. Lhasa Apso
  16. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  17. Great Pyrenees
  18. German Wirehaired Pointer
  19. Irish Wolfhound
  20. Cairn Terrier
  21. Italian Greyhound
  22. Irish Setter
  23. Chow Chow
  24. Old English Sheepdog
  25. Chinese Crested



  1. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  2. American Staffordshire Terrier
  3. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  4. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  5. Pekingese
  6. Giant Schnauzer
  7. Border Terrier
  8. Bouviers des Flandres
  9. Keeshonden
  10. Coton de Tulear
  11. Flat-Coated Retriever
  12. Basenji
  13. Norwegian Elkhound
  14. Borzoi
  15. Tibetan Terrier
  16. Standard Schnauzer
  17. Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  18. Leonberger
  19. Wire Fox Terrier
  20. Brussels Griffon
  21. English Setter
  22. Japanese Chin
  23. Belgian Tervuren
  24. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling
  25. Afghan Hound




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