Pet ownership is increasing in the United States, with families who own dogs in the lead, according to the National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association. The 2019-2020 edition rediscovered that 67% of households – 85 million families – had at least one pet, the highest level on record. Among them, 63.4 million households have a fuzzy limb.
There are many different breeds – the American Kennel Club (AKC) now recognizes 196 of them. The last breed to be recognized is Belgian Laekenois, pronounced lak-in-wah. The Laeken, which is the rarest of the four Belgian herding breeds, was added in July 2020.
To identify the 50 most popular breeds in the United States, 24/7 Tempo looked at data from the American Kennel Club released on May 1, 2020, based on AKC registration statistics 2019.
Certain breeds have consistently been popular over the years, with Golden and Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds consistently dominating the popularity rankings.
In fact, the Labrador retriever reigns supreme in No. 1 and has been since 1991. Golden and Labrador retrievers are especially popular among families, and for good reason. They are among the best family dogs.
The love of Americans for their pets is evident at grooming salons and dog parks. The relationship between dog parks and residents reflects a place’s attitude towards dogs and their owners. These are the most dog friendly cities in America.
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