The American Kennel Club has released its top ten dog breeds for the past year. While it's no surprise that the Labrador Retriever is the number one dog, many other breeds have risen to new heights.
The Top Ten
|Year||Number||Breed Name||Year||Number||Breed Name|
|2010||1.||Labrador Retreiver||2009||1.||Labrador Retreiver|
|2.||German Shepherd||2.||German Shepherd|
|3.||Yorkshire Terrier||3.||Yorkshire Terrier|
|10.||Shih Tzu||10.||Shih Tzu|
Breeds On The RiseThere were three breeds with the greatest increase over last year. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (pictured right) climbed 15 spots from 108 to 93. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (below) jumped from 101 to 88. The third to rise in the rankings was the Smooth Fox Terrier.
Another breed that has leaped in the rankings is the French Bulldog. Over the past decade, this breed has leapt from 71 to 21. Martha Stewart is a huge fan of the breed and that may be part of the reason it's become so popular over the years. The bulldog has seen its highest ranking in 100 years. Bob was the first bulldog registered with the AKC back in 1886.
|Greater Swiss Mountain Dog|
Smooth Fox Terrier - Wikipedia
How New Additions Of 2010 FaredThe three breeds added to the AKC did well with their registrations. The Leonberger (also known as the Lion Dog)was one of the more popular large breed registrations ranking at number 33. The next new breed from 2010 was the Cane Corso at 51. The Icelandic Sheepdog followed closely behind with being ranked 82 in registrations.
New Breeds for 2011This year, the AKC added three new breeds eligible for breed competition. This year, the Norwegian Lundehund, the Xoloitzcuintli (known as the Mexican Hairless Dog) and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog are the newest breeds of the AKC. There are now about 170 breeds in the American Kennel Club.
If your type of dog isn't highly ranked, that can be a good thing. Many backyard breeders and puppy mills will go after the more popular breeds. Good breeders like it when there isn't as much popularity because you will receive a dog who's been bred to showcase the most healthy and strongest aspects of the breed.
If you would like to read more about the dogs of 2010, follow this link.
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