Sorry cat lover, but everyone knows that dogs are man’s best friends. No other animal shows the absolute, unadulterated joy when a dog greets its human companion when it comes home from a long day at work. Dog owners have to ask, “Does anyone love me as much as my dog?” Of course, the answer is probably no.
Dogs are good friends of mankind, but they’re also something of a miracle worker. They have saved the lives of countless owners, dialed 911 in emergencies, served people and each other as guide dogs and have proven themselves as loyal companions for at least 35,000 years. But over time, pet owners’ preferences also change. Breeds that were very popular a few decades ago may have gone out of style. In other cases, an underdog can rise to the top of the charts.
Stacker pulled data from the American Kennel Club (AKC) to compare dog popularity rankings from 1999 and 2020; The 2020 popularity ranking was published on March 16, 2021. The 37 dog breeds that have grown in popularity since 1999 are being ranked after their 20 year rank change and further to their 2020 rank in an effort to break all ties. The AKC only recognized 147 breeds in 1999, so dog breeds added since then have not been included in the original list.
Read on to find out which dogs have gained the most popularity over the past two decades.
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