We always enjoy seeing the list of the top 10 breeds that the American Kennel Club® (AKC) releases every year. Not only do they release the top 10 breeds in the US but they also provide a breakdown by city for top US cities. Since we’re especially in love with mixed breeds, it’s so interesting to see the top breeds on a city by city basis since, after all, the breeds most common in a city are some of the most likely guesses for the breed makeup of the shelter dogs in that city.
The 2011 results had some surprises and one of the biggest is that the Beagle has overtaken the Yorkshire Terrier to become the third most popular dog breed in the U.S. Another big move: the Golden Retriever moved from the fifth to the fourth most popular dog breed and the Rottweiler nosed out the Shih Tzu for its place on the top 10 list.
Here’s a look at the top 10 breeds for 2011 compared to 2010:
|2011 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.||2010 Ranking|
|1. Labrador Retriever||1. Labrador Retriever|
|2. German Shepherd Dog||2. German Shepherd Dog|
|3. Beagle||3. Yorkshire Terrier|
|4. Golden Retriever||4. Beagle|
|5. Yorkshire Terrier||5. Golden Retriever|
|6. Bulldog||6. Bulldog|
|7. Boxer||7. Boxer|
|8. Poodle||8. Dachshund|
|9. Dachshund||9. Poodle|
|10. Rottweiler||10. Shih Tzu|