Top 10 Dog Breeds Most Popular AKC Dog Breeds 2012-2013
“This list only includes the top ten dog breeds as recognized by the AKC. There are many more to choose from.”
Following is our List of the top 10 dog breeds according to the American Kennel Club (AKC) 2012 ranking. Includes dog breed pictures as well as detailed information on size, color, temperament, health, training and more.
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For 23 years the Labrador Retriever has remained the most popular American dog breed, while the next 9 positions have been in constant motion.
All 10 of the top 10 breeds from 2011 remained on the list. Remember, this list only includes the top 10 dog breeds as recognized by the AKC in 2012.
Over the past few years, the Shih Tzu has moved on and off the top 10 list, making an appearance in 2002 and again 2007, but standing now at number 11.
The Rottweiler is another mover, having been on and off the list over the last 10 years, making appearances in 2002 and 2007. In 2011, Rotties made the list again and not only stayed their for 2012, but climbed a spot to number 9.
Beagles swapped spots again with the popular Golden Retriever, moving from 3rd to 4th and vice versa. Bulldogs also moved up a spot from 6th to 5th, having been in 10th and 18th in 2007 and 2002, respectively.
There are many more to choose from, including the complete list of 175 AKC dog breeds.
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NOTE: For more information on any of these top 10 dog breeds, click the photo or the breed name.
You can also choose from designer dog breeds like the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle or Yorkipoo, other popular mixed breeds or breeds listed through the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service®, i.e., purebred breeds not currently registrable with the American Kennel Club.
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