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New rankings: Least popular dog breeds in America 2020

  • New rankings: Least popular dog breeds in America 2020

    It’s safe to say that few living creatures have as high approval ratings as our canine companions. They’re not called “man’s best friend” for nothing, and it’s generally accepted that they all go to heaven. Odes to their loyalty are well documented throughout human history, from Argos in Homer’s “Odyssey” to movie tributes like "Balto" and "Beethoven."

    But human nature can lead us to play favorites, and with 193 registered breeds to choose from, some inevitably fall to the bottom. To help understand what guides our choices, Stacker broke down the 97 least popular dog breeds in America based on data released May 1, 2020 from the American Kennel Club

    Some factors that play into a breed's national popularity—or lack thereof—are obvious: size, maintenance, allergies, disposition, and temperament. But name recognition (brand name, essentially) is just as important; consider why labradors, retrievers, and bulldogs are annually among the most popular, while the #4 least popular breed appearing here made its maiden Westminster Dog Show appearance in 2020 and traces to a West African nomadic breed dating to Saharan ancient times. 

    There’s a dog out there for everyone, and if you need proof, then look no further than the 97 different breeds that are harder to find in America yet still have endearing qualities.

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  • #97. Standard schnauzer

    - 2019 registration rank: #97 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -8 in popularity

    These cute pups were actually bred to seek out vermin—and their trademark whiskers actually serve a purpose. The fur would mat together to prevent rats and other small animals from biting them while they were on the hunt.

  • #96. English setter

    - 2019 registration rank: #98 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -4 in popularity

    The class of English gentleman who loved hunting are responsible for this breed. English Setters are purposefully quiet, making them ideal for treeing prey.

  • #95. Wire fox terrier

    - 2019 registration rank: #99 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +2 in popularity

    Wire Fox Terriers hold a record 13 Westminster Kennel Club Bests in Show. They're poised smart champions that are eager to learn.

  • #94. Neapolitan mastiff

    - 2019 registration rank: #100 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +2 in popularity

    As one of the largest dog breeds in the world Neapolitan mastiffs can weigh up to 200 pounds. Because of their size, it's recommended that training for these dogs start early—otherwise these big animals will rule the roost.

  • #93. Tibetan terrier

    - 2019 registration rank: #101 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -5 in popularity

    You've heard of gifting people flowers but if you really want to give good luck apparently Tibetan Terriers are the way to go. While these cute dogs aren't actually terriers at all they do have a long history of being symbols of good luck for travelers.

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  • #92. Norwich terrier

    - 2019 registration rank: #102 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +6 in popularity

    While the Norwich terrier's love of roaming makes it a bad idea to let this dog off-leash in a wide open space, it would be a shame not to nurture its love of the outdoors. Norwich Terriers tend to excel in Earthdog competitions and agility training.

  • #91. Belgian tervuren

    - 2019 registration rank: #103 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +3 in popularity

    A Belgian Tervuren won the first-ever AKC herding championship, which speaks volumes to this breed's work ethic and stamina. While they certainly make great pets, these animals are also superior working dogs that continue to work alongside the police in Belgium.

  • #90. Flat-coated retriever

    - 2019 registration rank: #104 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -13 in popularity

    One of the oldest retriever breeds, these dogs make lively companions thanks to their slow maturation rate. If you're looking for a dog that will retain its puppy spirit, this may be the breed for you.

  • #89. Borzoi

    - 2019 registration rank: #105 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -2 in popularity

    Borzois stand 32 inches from feet to shoulder. This large but sleek breed—once used to locate wolves in Russia—has exceptional vision that enables the dog to spot prey quickly and from a far distance.

  • #88. Schipperke

    - 2019 registration rank: #106 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -1 in popularity

    Schipperke means “little captain” in Flemish—an appropriate name for a breed that loves the water. Historically these pups were barge dogs that spent most of their time on the water with their owners.

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