Most Popular Dog Breeds

In America, we love our dogs. The American Kennel Club publishes a list each year of the most popular breeds. You may be surprised at which breeds made the top 25. Is yours on the list?

We even did a podcast series on the most intelligent breeds and many made that list too.

Below you will find a link to the dogs on the list and learn more about each breed. At Alaska Dog Works we have trained every one of these breeds numerous times and we can help you train your dog to be one of the best!

The Groups

The American Kennel Club divides dog breeds into groups: Working, Non-sporting, Sporting, Toy, Hound, Terrier

There are also the Miscellaneous Class and the Foundation Stock Service which offers breeds that are not currently recognized by the AKC or in the process of becoming registered. There are some very cool breeds in these classes! 

Top 25 Dog Breeds in the United States

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

Other Popular Breeds

These breeds are less popular than the 25 above but still highly desirable to many dog owners.

As you work your way down the list, some very interesting breeds begin to pop up. This list is not in any order of popularity or percent of ownership but rather an attempt to showcase most of the dog breeds around the world. 

Border Collie 

Karelian Bear Dog

Belgian Malinios 

Alaskan Malamute

Giant Schnauzer 

Portuguese Water Dog

Coton de Tulear

Vizsla

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Russell Terrier 

Rat Terrier

Dalmatian

Bullmastiff

Afghan Hound

Borzoi 

Weimaraner

Cane Corso

Seppala Siberian

Pekingese

Saint Bernard

Great Pyrenees

Löwchen

Italian Greyhound

Old English Sheepdog

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Spinone Italiano

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Keeshond

Puli

Boerboel

Bedlington Terrier

Bichon Frise

American English Coonhound

Beauceron

Briard

Jindo

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Finnish Lapphund

Lagotto Romagnolo

Basset Hound

Otterhound

Brittney

Cesky Terrier

Affenpinscher

Collie

American Staffordshire Terrier

Sloughi

Pumi

Pudelpointer

Pointer

American Hairless Terrier

Sealyham Terrier

Swedish Lapphund

Portuguese Pointer

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Portuguese Sheepdog

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Whippet

Wheaten Terrier

Papillon

Maltese

Bearded Collie

Bloodhound

Bull Terrier (Miniature) 

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Scottish Deerhound

English Setter 

Fox Terrier

Gordon Setter 

Irish Red and White Setter 

Irish Wolfhound

King Charles Spaniel 

Kerry Blue Terrier 

Lakeland Terrier 

Lancashire Terrier 

Manchester Terrier 

Mastiff 

Norwich Terrier 

Old English  Sheepdog

Skye Terrier 

Clumber Spaniel 

Field Spaniel 

Irish Water Spaniel 

Sussex Spaniel 

Welsh Springer Spaniel 

Welsh Terrier

Pudelpointer

Japanese Chin

Saluki

Silky Terrier

Schipperke

Azawakh

Xoloitzcuintli

Icelandic Sheepdog

Pyrenean Mastiff

Swedish Vallhund

Volpino Italiano

Rafeiro de Alentejo

Mini Pinscher

Lancashire Heeler

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog

Chinook

Wire Fox Terrier

Kuvasz

Slovensky Cuvac

Tibetan Mastiff

Slovensky Kopov

Spanish Mastiff

Tibetan Spaniel

Russian Tsvetnaya

Schapendoes

Segugio Italiano

Bergamasco Sheepdog

Chinese Crested

Alaskan Klee Kai

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Small Munsterlander 

Stabyhoun

American Bulldog

American Leopard Hound

Russian Toy

Mudi

Coming Soon! 

Romanian Carpathian Shepherd

Appenzeller Sennenhund

Australian Kelpie

Taiwan Dog

Shikoku

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Thai Ridgeback

Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound

Bohemian Shepherd

Brussels Griffon

English Toy Spaniel

Tornjak

Russian Toy

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Tosa

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Central Asian Shepherd Dog

Transylvanian Hound

Drentsche Patrijshond

Bolognese

Drever

American Eskimo Dog

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

Volpino Italiano

Wetterhoun

Working Kelpie

Yakutian Laika

Braque du Bourdonnais

Croatian Sheepdog

Czechoslovakian Vlcak

Deutscher Wachtelhund

Chow Chow

Eurasier

French Spaniel

German Longhaired Pointer

Drentsche Patrijshond

Japanese Akitainu

Japanese Spitz

Japanese Terrier

English Mastiff

German Spitz

Hamiltonstovare

Hanoverian Scenthound

Kai Ken

Estrela Mountain Dog

Braque Francais Pyrenean

Broholmer

Kishu Ken

Mountain Cur

Carolina Dog

Procelaine

Hokkaido

Kromfohrlander

Lapponian Herder

Hovawart

Jagdterrier

Biewer Terrier

Danish-Swedish Farmdog

Dutch Shepherd

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Portuguese Podengo

Barbado da Terceira 

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound

Bohemian Shepherd

Braque du Bourbonnais

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