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Most popular dog breeds in America 2020

  • Most popular dog breeds in America 2020

    Choosing a loyal companion is one of the most important decisions a pet owner can make. Each year the American Kennel Club tracks dog registrations to see which breeds are gaining in popularity in the United States, and which ones are falling out of favor. The newest rankings, released on May 1, 2020, feature 193 breeds including the recently recognized Azawakh. The AKC only analyzes data dealing with purebred, registered breeds, so sadly, your sweet mixed-breed pal isn't counted in the final tally.

    Still, the list seems to include every kind of dog imaginable, from tiny lap dogs and mighty hunters to prime show dogs and companions for royalty. The sheer amount of breeds that are ranked is a reminder of the diverse taste of dog owners in America, and the many different types of pups that we love.

    Several obvious factors create a breed's national popularity year in and year out: ideal size, lack of maintenance, hypoallergenic coats, disposition, temperament, and of course name recognition. If you are owning your first dog for companionship in a city apartment, easy choices are reliable, compact French bulldogs or Boston terriers. Choosing the first family dog for small children and ample backyard space could make retrievers or labradors the safe—and most obvious—option.

    From centuries-old dogs bred for royalty to familiar faces used in duck hunting and fox intimidating, there’s a dog out there for everyone, and if you need proof, then look no further than the 96 different breeds that complete this list of the most popular pooches.

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  • #96. Brussels griffon

    - 2019 registration rank: #96 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -1 in popularity

    This uncommon little breed is often confused with the Yorkshire terrier, but the Brussels Griffon is very much its own dog. Perhaps best known to Americans from the movie As Good As It Gets, the Brussels Griffon loves snuggling, and—believe it or not—climbing, cat style.

  • #95. Leonberger

    - 2019 registration rank: #95 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -2 in popularity

    Literally bred to be owned by royals Leonbergers are regal animals. Some of their most famous owners include King Edward VII Napoleon III and Tsar Alexander II.

  • #94. Anatolian shepherd dog

    - 2019 registration rank: #94 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -4 in popularity

    As part of the Livestock Guarding Dog Program, some Anatolian shepherd dogs guard sheep in Namibia. Their presence there has also had the added benefit of protecting cheetahs from being shot by farmers, since the big cats are afraid of the dogs.

  • #93. Norwegian elkhound

    - 2019 registration rank: #93 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +3 in popularity

    Norwegian Elkhounds are believed to have a history that dates back to the Viking era. These dogs are known for their tracking skills, and they can sometimes be found on search and rescue teams.

  • #92. Bouviers des Flandres

    - 2019 registration rank: #92 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -8 in popularity

    In many European countries, the bouviers des Flandres is considered an ideal police dog. However, they have their share of fans stateside as well—one of the most famous of which is former president Ronald Reagan.

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  • #91. Rat terrier

    - 2019 registration rank: #91 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -5 in popularity

    Yes, they hunt rats—but these little dogs are also born stars. Between starring in Shirley Temple films and inspiring documentaries, this is one breed with more than its share of devoted fans.

  • #90. Lagotti Romagnoli

    - 2019 registration rank: #90 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +4 in popularity

    There is only one purebred breed of dog recognized for their truffle finding skills and that breed is the Lagotti Romagnoli. The dogs are used all around the Italian countryside to find the delectable mushrooms.

  • #89. Boykin spaniel

    - 2019 registration rank: #89 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +4 in popularity

    These dogs were bred in South Carolina specifically to ride with hunters on small boats in order to hunt game. As a result Boykin Spaniels are loyal energetic and love to be around people.

  • #88. Keeshonden

    - 2019 registration rank: #88 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +7 in popularity

    In the 18th century, the Keeshond was the dog of the Dutch Patriots Party. However, these days, they're perhaps best known for their "monocle" markings that make them look as if they're wearing glasses.

  • #87. Basenji

    - 2019 registration rank: #87 highest of 193 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: No change

    Depictions of basenjis were found carved in the Great Pyramid of Khufu, proving these curly-tailed pups have a long history. Whether they're popping up in works of art or drawing lions out of their lairs in Africa, this breed is nothing short of dynamic.

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