The American Kennel Club Announced Its Most Popular Dog Breeds

The number one spot has been held for 27 years!

By Catalina Barrios

Photo: Shutterstock Ysbrand Cosijn

Making it to the top of any list is a great feeling. Being number one? Nothing like it. Imagine the rush for a recording artist that ranks #1 for consecutive weeks, even months, on the music charts. Well, translate that to 27 years at the top spot! The American Kennel Club (AKC) has released its annual list of the “most popular breeds” and can you guess which one has risen to the top AGAIN?

Wait for it…

This is a spotlight on the top 10 most popular dog breeds, in no particular order; number one is in there!

Yorkshire Terrier

Photo: Shutterstock Birute Vijeikiene

These adorable little dogs have had a name change since first arriving to England. The Yorkshire Terrier used to be called the Broken-Haired Scottish Terrier. The name was kept until one day, after the Westmoreland Show in England, Angus Sutherland (a reporter for the British Magazine, The Field), said the name should be changed. He said even though the breed originated in Scotland, it was perfected after arriving in Yorkshire. Many people agreed with Sutherland’s view and this cute breed acquired their cute name in 1870 – Yorkie. The Yorkshire Terrier’s bright and bold temperament is a favorite in America.


Photo: Shutterstock Olexandr Andreiko

Did you know Rottweilers were once used to protect the money cattlemen received for their livestock? It was certainly safe inside a small purse, tied around this dog’s neck.  The Rottie’s success as a guard dog may be because the breed looks menacing and has a naturally reserved personality. Rottiweilers want to know you before they let their guard down, but once they do, this goofy and fun-loving breed is an excellent companion. Rottweilers are dedicated family members, protecting and loving their “pack” for life.

German Shorthaired Pointer

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The German Shorthaired Pointer was developed in Germany during the 1800s. Breeders were trying to create a dog that would carry out different hunting related jobs, suitable for work on land and in water. The result is the beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer – very smart and dedicated to making their owners happy. These are the perfect dog if you enjoy exercising, as they have a high activity level. In fact, this dog is one of the most energetic, sociable breeds!

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