Most Popular Dog Breeds for 2022

he numbers are in! Which breed will be named the American Kennel Club’s most popular dog breed of 2022? As the world’s largest registry of purebred dogs, the AKC uses our registration statistics to rank the most popular breeds of the past year. For the first time in history, 2022 found the French Bulldog taking the No. 1 spot. This ends the Labrador Retriever’s 31-year reign as America’s most popular dog breed.

The New Top Dog

The French Bulldog has moved into the number one position after climbing the ranks in popularity over the last ten years. In 2012, the Frenchie was ranked at No. 14. Since then, registrations have increased by over 1,000%, bringing this playful breed to the top. French Bulldogs held the No. 2 spot in 2021.

Breaking the Lab’s top-dog status of over three decades is no small feat. The Frenchie is a smart, compact breed, and they can fit into various different lifestyles, perfect for people all across the country. This petite dog was first recognized by the AKC in 1898; they are beloved by everyone from families to single owners for their charming and adaptable nature. They have surged in popularity in cities across the country since their small size and generally quiet demeanor make them good fits for apartments and smaller homes.

French Bulldog puppy head portrait outdoors.

Top Five Dog Breeds of 2022

Aside from this massive move, the top five list looks familiar. The Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, and Poodle take ranks two through five, respectively. Rottweilers moved from No. 8 to No. 7, while the Dachshund bumped the German Shorthaired Pointer from No. 9 in 2021 to No. 10 in 2022.

Other breeds that made significant jumps from 2021 to 2022 are the American Hairless Terrier, Gordon Setter, Italian Greyhound, and Anatolian Shepherd Dog. Over the last ten years, breeds like the Cane Corso, Belgian Malinois, Giant Schnauzer, and English Cocker Spaniel have been making their way up the rankings in popularity, as well.

Newly recognized by the AKC in 2022, the Mudi and Russian Toy debuted at No. 150 and No. 144—not bad for their first year! The Bracco Italiano became the 200th breed fully recognized by the AKC in July of 2022; as a result, it will debut in the registration rankings for 2023.

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Least Popular Dog Breeds of 2022

At the bottom of the list (Nos. 197 through 199) are the Sloughi, Norwegian Lundehund, and English Foxhound. Last year, the Norwegian Lundehund was at the bottom, but they have surpassed English Foxhounds in registration over the past year. English Foxhounds, like their American Foxhound cousins, were bred as agile, scent-driven hunting dogs.

The American Kennel Club, which was founded in 1884, recognizes 200 breeds, with additional breeds working their way toward recognition comprising the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) and the Miscellaneous Class.

Knowing your dog will be counted as part of the compilation of the annual breed popularity list is only a small benefit of dog registration; the AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the United States that maintains systematic inspections and investigations. The AKC conducts thousands of inspections each year to ensure compliance with standards that support the welfare, safety, and health of dogs across the nation. The AKC and its affiliates have also donated over $67 million to canine health research as of 2022, and donated its 100th AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer in November of 2022.

Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2022 Full List

1French Bulldogs
2Labrador Retrievers
3Golden Retrievers
4German Shepherd Dogs
10German Shorthaired Pointers
11Pembroke Welsh Corgis
12Australian Shepherds
13Yorkshire Terriers
14Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
15Doberman Pinschers
17Miniature Schnauzers
18Cane Corsi
19Great Danes
20Shih Tzu
21Siberian Huskies
22Bernese Mountain Dogs
24Boston Terriers
26English Springer Spaniels
27Shetland Sheepdogs
29Cocker Spaniels
30Border Collies
31Miniature American Shepherds
32Belgian Malinois
36Basset Hounds
40English Cocker Spaniels
41Rhodesian Ridgebacks
43Shiba Inu
45West Highland White Terriers
46Portuguese Water Dogs
47Bichons Frises
48Australian Cattle Dogs
52Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
56St. Bernards
57Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
58Giant Schnauzers
59German Wirehaired Pointers
60Scottish Terriers
62Cardigan Welsh Corgis
63Italian Greyhounds
64Bull Terriers
65Airedale Terriers
66Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
67Alaskan Malamutes
68Chinese Shar-Pei
69Great Pyrenees
70Cairn Terriers
71Irish Setters
72Miniature Pinschers
73Russell Terriers
74Old English Sheepdogs
75Staffordshire Bull Terriers
76Lagotti Romagnoli
77Biewer Terriers
78Dogues de Bordeaux
79Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
80Chinese Cresteds
81Nova Scotia Duck Tolling   Retrievers
82Boykin Spaniels
83Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
84Cotons de Tulear
85Rat Terriers
86Lhasa Apsos
87American Staffordshire Terriers
88Dogo Argentinos
89Irish Wolfhounds
92Chow Chows
93English Setters
94Standard Schnauzers
95Border Terriers
97Brussels Griffons
98Bouviers des Flandres
99Gordon Setters
100Norwegian Elkhounds
102Wire Fox Terriers
103Flat-Coated Retrievers
104Belgian Tervuren
105Japanese Chin
106Tibetan Terriers
108Toy Fox Terriers
109Norwich Terriers
110Miniature Bull Terriers
112Spinoni Italiani
113Welsh Terriers
117Afghan Hounds
119Neapolitan Mastiffs
120American Hairless Terriers
121Parson Russell Terriers
122Silky Terriers
123American Eskimo Dogs
124Bearded Collies
125Belgian Sheepdogs
126Welsh Springer Spaniels
127Tibetan Spaniels
128Black Russian Terriers
130Manchester Terriers
131Irish Terriers
132Icelandic Sheepdogs
133Bluetick Coonhounds
134English Toy Spaniels
136Australian Terriers
137Tibetan Mastiffs
138Norfolk Terriers
139Clumber Spaniels
141Smooth Fox Terriers
142Wirehaired Vizslas
143Lakeland Terriers
144Russian Toys
145German Pinschers
146Kerry Blue Terriers
149Black and Tan Coonhounds
152Bedlington Terriers
153Berger Picards
154Petits Bassets Griffons Vendéens
155Scottish Deerhounds
156Curly-Coated Retrievers
157Field Spaniels
158Redbone Coonhounds
159Treeing Walker Coonhounds
160Swedish Vallhunds
162Entlebucher Mountain Dogs
163Spanish Water Dogs
164Sealyham Terriers
166American Water Spaniels
167Finnish Lapphunds
168Irish Red and White Setters
169Glen of Imaal Terriers
170Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes
171Portuguese Podengo Pequenos
172Ibizan Hounds
173Plott Hounds
174Pharaoh Hounds
178Norwegian Buhunds
179Bergamasco Sheepdogs
181Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
182American English Coonhounds
183Irish Water Spaniels
184Cirnechi dell’Etna
185Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens
186Dandie Dinmont Terriers
187Canaan Dogs
188Finnish Spitz
189Skye Terriers
190Pyrenean Shepherds
191Cesky Terriers
192Sussex Spaniels
195Belgian Laekenois
196American Foxhounds
198Norwegian Lundehunds
199English Foxhounds

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