Every January, the American Kennel Club (AKC) puts out a list of the most popular breeds from the following year based on new registrations. They also provide data from several years back, which allows a comparison for how quickly a breed has risen in popularity.
Four breeds: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Beagles seem to consistently round out the top 4. But a few surprises have popped up. Two notable jumps are:
The French Bulldog: The french bull dog made a large leap from 54 in 2003 to 26 in 2008 to 11 in 2013. One theory for the gain in popularity is that they are easy to care for pets that require little grooming or exercise, making them popular with city dwellers (See more at the Chicago Tribune.) You can learn more about the breed at the French Bulldog AKC page.
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The Doberman Pinscher: Dobermans moved up from 22 in 2003 to 12 in 2013. Other large breeds, such as the Great Dane and Keeshond also made large moves up. It is believed that, with the economy improving, there is a greater willingness of many to return to owning larger breeds. (Read more at the Chicago Tribune.) Given the expense of feeding a large dog, especially one as large as a Great Dane, it seems like a reasonable premise.
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I noted that Pembroke Welsch Corgis have remained constant at 24 across 2003, 2008, 2012, and 2013. They will always be the top breed in my heart!
Take a look at the full AKC list and see where your favorite breed stacks up!
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