The numbers are in! According to The American Kennel Club (AKC), based on number of new registrations of dogs, most of them being puppies, here is their list for 2013:
1. Labrador Retriever
For an amazing 23 years in a row the Labrador Retriever has held the number one spot for the most popular breed in America based on the AKC’s registration records. Possessing all the wonderful qualities such as being loving, affectionate, patient, loyal, smart and playful it’s no wonder they’ve stolen our hearts!
2. German Shepherd
Devoted to and protective of its family the German Shepherd is a wonderful family dog, is great with children and other pets, they are also very smart and learn quickly. The German Shepherd is a favored guide dog for the blind and with police and search and rescue.
3. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is another great family dog. They are smart, patient, gentle, friendly with people and other pets and love to please and can be trained fairly easily.
This ultra curious, energetic dog with long droopy ears and hardwired hunting instincts comes in at number four on this list. Beagles tend to follow their noses and get into things around the house so you have to keep an eye on them but this mischievous hound is a lovable, loyal pet who will steal your heart.
This tough looking dog may look gruff and intimidating on the outside but inside it’s a big softie who is quite gentle, patient and very affectionate. Bulldogs are renowned for their courage and excellent guarding abilities. They are not overly energetic and like to lounge around the house. They also snore when they sleep…and drool. One look at their adorable faces and cute antics and yep, we’re goners!
6. Yorkshire Terrier
This clever little ball of energy with a gorgeous mane of hair is always up for adventure and makes a wonderful watchdog. They are a non-shedding dog breed with hair instead of fur and you often see them with their hair pulled back from their eyes with a hair clip. This little cutie comes in at number six on the AKC’s top ten list.
This highly intelligent dog has an amusing trait of using his front paws like he is boxing…hence the name Boxer. While they love clowning around and being fun and playful with their family they are also very protective and make great guard dogs and are widely used in military and police work in that fashion.
This extremely intelligent dog once held the AKC number one spot for 22 years in a row and although the Labrador Retriever has held the top reigning spot for the past 23 years the Poodle is still in everyone’s top 10 list. A poodle has hair instead of fur which makes it a non-shedding dog…just one of many wonderful qualities of the beloved Poodle.
The Rottweiler often looks like an intimidating and formidable dog, and can be when needed, but it has a calm, laid back temperament that first quietly evaluates the surrounding environment before jumping to conclusions and responding unnecessarily. They are fiercely protective of their family and will guard them with their life. They are brave, courageous, loyal and very smart. No question why they are on the top ten list.
The Dachshund, which means “Badger Dog” in German, is number 10 on the list. This long bodied little pooch is a lively mix of affection, curiosity and mischief with a love of digging. Their keen sense of smell causes them to explore both above and below ground. While training them can take a bit of patience they are lovable, playful companions with puppy dog eyes that will melt your heart.
American Kennel Club’s top 10 though differs a bit from the top 10 dog breeds searched for on Google. Here are Google’s 10 most search for dog breeds in 2013:
While the Bulldog may have been #5 on the AKC list this tough looking but big softie at heart was the number one searched for dog on Google. One look at that adorable face and it’s easy to see why.
This tiny little pooch might have made it to Google’s #2 because it is so fun to dress up, it can easily fit in a purse and is easy to take around which pretty much makes it the perfect living doll.
The always popular poodle remains on both top ten lists.
4. Golden Retriever
Number 3 on AKC’s list and the fourth most search for dog on Google, the Golden Retriever is holding strong as one of our top favorites.
The adorable Pug, with his wrinkled face, bulging eyes and curly tail is a highly intelligent pooch who needs a variety of activities to keep his sharp mind occupied. The Pug is playful, spirited, lively and rambunctious and will keep you laughing with his antics. They are super sensitive to your moods and tone of voice so you need to be gentle with them. Great watch dogs yet not yappy. This lovable pup is a wonderful pet.
The Pomeranian is a smart little cookie with an adorable face that almost resembles an Ewok. They are lively, energetic, inquisitive, active and eager to learn. They are loyal, loving companions and make wonderful pets, especially for the elderly.
7. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu was the treasured pet of Chinese royals for centuries. The word Shih Tzu means “lion” and this compact, little dog carries himself with all the regalness, courage and playfulness of a lion. The Shih Tzu is a sweet, gentle, friendly and affectionate dog who likes people and is pretty good with other pets. It has a long, beautiful, luxurious coat that requires daily brushing and was the 7th most searched for dog on Google in 2013.
When you think of a Collie you can’t help but think of Lassie, the Collie made famous by the TV series Lassie. Collie’s have beautiful coats that usually only need weekly grooming except during shedding season. They are devoted, loyal, gentle, sweet and good natured dogs and pretty much everyone loves Collies. They were the 8th most search for dog on Google in 2013.
The adorable Beagle made it onto the AKC’s top ten and Google’s top ten.
The Maltese is a wonderful companion dog. Loving, gentle, affectionate, loves to cuddle, they are also fun, playful, trusting and completely devoted. They are smart, clean and love to accompany you wherever you go. They are literally the perfect companion dog.
Honorable Mention: The fastest rise in popularity in recent years goes to the French Bulldog. Since 2002 this dog breed has gone from number 58 on the AKC list to number 11 as of 2013.
This adorable dog’s recent rise in popularity may be because it is a low maintenance dog in terms of exercise and grooming, has less health problems than the English Bulldog, is fun and playful and gets along great with people and other animals and he is too cute for words!