American Kennel Club Releases New List of Top Dog Breeds


Each year, the American Kennel Club updates a list of the nation’s top dog breeds, and for almost three decades, one breed has remained on top!

The Labrador Retriever has done it again. The latest list of top dog breeds shows the Lab is the favorite for the 28th straight year!

My dad owned a black Labrador Retriever who made it to the age of 15. The dog was a character but wasn’t always the brightest bulb in the pack. My dad decided on a Labrador Retriever because of their love for the water, something my dad shares with them. He thought that breed would make the perfect boating partner since my mom and I aren’t big fans of the water.

My dad quickly realized, however, that “Woody” wasn’t much of a boating partner: he never wanted to stay in the boat. And you can imagine pulling a 90-pound dog back into a boat while he’s soaking wet gets old pretty quickly!

Still, Woody was a lot of company and was certainly entertaining.

Only 2 changes in this year’s 10 top dog breeds list

The AKC’s top 10 looks like this:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. French Bulldogs
  5. Bulldogs
  6. Beagles
  7. Poodles
  8. Rottweilers
  9. German Short-Haired Pointers
  10. Yorkshire Terriers

The only difference from the 2018 list and 2017 list is that the last two breeds were reversed.

Here’s the full list.

My particular favorite breed is the Collie, the “Lassie dog,” which ranked 38th place. I suppose I can understand that because a lot of people are probably intimidated by the brushing and coat maintenance required. Shedding, for some, is also an issue.

For me, though, there’s no better dog you’ll ever have than a Collie.

I learned this almost by accident. My mom has always loved German Shepherds. She thinks they’re one of the most beautiful breeds there is. But when I was a baby, though she wanted me to grow up around dogs just as she had, she was concerned a German Shepherd might bite a child. One day, she found an ad for Collie puppies and that’s what we ended up with.

Years ago, when I lived in Virginia, I adopted a dog that turned out to be, as best we can tell, a mix of Border Collie (35th) and Golden Retriever (3rd). She had the shape and appearance of a Border Collie but was solid gold (in color and personality).

If I had to pick a second-favorite dog breed, mine would be the Golden Retriever. It’s just that Goldens seem more and more prone to cancer in recent years, which is a frightening proposition.

So I’m perfectly happy to stick with Collies.

How about you? What’s your favorite breed of dog and where does it rank on the list?

Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.