The Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2021
For nearly 30 years, the Labrador retriever has claimed the title of most popular dog breed in the U.S. It's easy to see why the family-friendly breed has been ranked as the most popular dog breed since 1990; labs are smart, patient, and well, just plain cute. But of course, they're not the only breed stealing hearts in America. The list of the most popular dog breeds of 2021 features all types of dogs–from German shepherds and golden retrievers to beagles and corgis. And with dog adoptions on the rise, even more are getting added to the mix and they're not all purebreds! The following list reports the official ranking of AKC-registered breeds. But, according to Rover.com's database of more than one million pets, the most popular dog breed is no specific breed at all, with "mixed breed" taking the top spot. (P.S., want to see what's most popular in your city? You can see just how obsessed Nashville is with doodles or Austin is with miniature schnauzers via Rover.com's city rankings.) As for AKC-registered breeds, here are the most popular dog breeds in the U.S.
These notoriously friendly dogs are the definition of man's best friend. Originally bred to retrieve ducks, the sporty breed is known for its endless affection and general enthusiasm for life. (Particularly if a game of fetch is involved.)
German Shepherd Dog
Hard-working, loyal, and courageous, German shepherds are best known for their role as working members of society. At home, the breed is a gentle guardian.
Extroverted and easygoing, it's hard to picture a golden retriever that's not wagging its tail. Highly trainable and the definition of man's best friend, golden retrievers are equally compatible for work or play.
With a wrinkled face, large bat ears, and irresistible puppy eyes, it's easy to see why this photogenic breed is such a popular choice. Small in size and relatively quiet, they're a natural choice for city dwellers!
Thanks to a hearty build and gentle nature, this one-of-a-kind breed makes for loving and loyal companions. (Especially if you, too, are a big fan of air conditioning!)
With a variety of sizes and colors, there's a poodle for everyone out there. Poodles have a reputation for being high-maintenance and sassy, but really they are skilled athletes and smart creatures who make for loving, trainable family companions.
This popular breed boasts a permanently puppy-like appearance, which, coupled with its curious nature and playful personality makes it a natural winner when it comes to popularity.
Properly trained "rotties" are cool, calm, and collected. This may make them seem aloof to outsiders, but family members know what a cuddly teddy bear this breed can be.
German Shorthaired Pointer
According to the AKC, it's not uncommon to hear the words "noble" and "aristocratic" thrown around when discussing this popular breed, known for its elegant, spotted appearance.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The corgi surprised experts by making the top 10 list just recently in 2019. Their absolutely adorable looks and clever nature contribute to their popularity of course, but Brandi Hunter, the AKC's vice president of public relations and communications, suggested pop culture may have contributed to their rise as well.
The dachshund's distinct look has earned it quite the fandom, but its wonderful personality shouldn't be overlooked either. Bold, sometimes stubborn, and always enthusiastic, this popular breed is endlessly endearing.
Don't be fooled by the glamorous coat on these petite beauty queens. The "yorkie" was originally bred as a hard-working ratter and still boasts many of those tenacious terrier qualities today.
If you've ever met an Australian shepherd, you know just how smart they can be. (And fun!) Tireless and tough, this breed is the cowboy's best friend.
Boxers have it all; this popular breed is loyal and courageous but also goofy and affectionate, making them the life of the party.
Not to be confused with Alaskan malamutes (or wolves), these hard-working dogs were built for long-distance running and harsh, cold climates. Perhaps their most striking feature, you may recognize them by their striking blue eyes.