Is your dog’s breed winning popularity contests this year? Now you can find out! The most popular dog breeds of 2020 were released on March 16, 2021, based on American Kennel Club registration statistics.
America continues love affair with Labrador Retriever who tops 30 liste year in a row. Just below the Lab, the Frenchie takes second place, ranking for the first time above the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever. And the Dachshund is making its way into the top 10 this year, dropping the Pembroke Welsh Corgi to 11th place.
Some breeds have gained popularity, most notably the Belgian Malinois, which has gone from 60e in 2014 to 37e This year. Some breeds have lost popularity, even the adorable Coton de Tuléar, which lost 50 places from 31 to 81, and the Boerbel, which lost almost 60 places.
Like dress styles and baby names, dog breeds are coming in and going out of style. Pop culture is likely to play a big role in preferences. In fact, a study from the University of Bristol, City University of New York, and Western Carolina University found that movies, especially those that are enduringly popular, play a big role in the breed’s popularity. For most of the twentieth century, even the temperament, health, and longevity of the breed played less of a role in selecting a dog than association with a popular movie.
The study used AKC registration statistics to compile and analyze the data. But there are more important reasons why dog registration is important. The AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the United States, maintaining systematic surveys and inspections. The AKC performs thousands of inspections each year to ensure compliance with standards that support dog safety, welfare and health across the country. Additionally, the American Kennel Club and its affiliates have donated over $ 38 million to canine health research and $ 7 million to pet disaster relief.
2020 ranking of the most popular dog breeds
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