Most popular dog breeds in America in 2021
Choosing a loyal companion is one of the most important decisions a pet owner can make. Every year the American Kennel Club tracks dog registrations to see which breeds are gaining popularity and which are falling out of favor in the United States. Stacker analyzed the American Kennel Club’s 2020 ranking of 195 breeds published on March 16, 2021. The AKC only analyzes data related to purebred, registered breeds, so unfortunately your cute mixed breed buddy will not be included in the final balance. The 2013 American Kennel Club rankings were also used for comparison purposes.
Still, the list encompasses a wide variety of dogs, from tiny lap dogs and mighty hunters to top-notch show dogs and companions for royalty. The sheer number of breeds rated brings to mind the varied tastes of dog owners in America and the many different types of puppies we love.
Several obvious factors contribute to the national popularity of a breed year after year: ideal size, grooming, hypoallergenic coat, disposition, temperament and, of course, name recognition. If you own your first dog as a city dwelling company, reliable, compact French Bulldogs or Boston Terriers are easy choices. Choosing the first family dog for young children and having plenty of backyard space make the retriever or Labrador a traditional option.
From centuries-old dogs bred for kings to familiar faces used in duck hunting and fox intimidation, there is a dog for everyone, and if you need proof then look no further than the 97 different races that …