Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

We all know that the Labrador Retriever will always remain the most popular dog breed in this country. But the American Kennel Club (the largest purebred-dog registry in the world) has announced that there's a new Number 2: the tiny Yorkie of the toy-dog group. It passed the Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.

Famous Yorkies:
# Mignon, of Lisa Douglas (Eva Gabor) on the TV series Green Acres
# Spike, of Joan Rivers

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

1 Retrievers (Labrador)
2 Yorkshire Terriers
3 German Shepherd Dogs
4 Retrievers (Golden)
5 Beagles
6 Dachshunds
7 Boxers
8 Poodles
9 Shih Tzu
10 Miniature Schnauzers

You can check out the top 10 most popular breeds in the 50 largest U.S. cities here.

The Top 10 Most Popular Breeds in Los Angeles:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Bulldog
4. Yorkshire Terrier
5. Golden Retriever
6. Poodle
7. Pomeranian
8. Miniature Pinscher
9. Pug
10. Maltese

* bulldogs and miniature pinschers don't make the Top 10 nationally but are particularly popular in L.A.
* five of the local top 10 favorites are tiny toy breeds, including the Maltese
* six of the 10 local favorites have abundant coats – hair!
* the Miniature Pinscher replaced in the rankings another toy breed, the Shih Tzu

There were very few cities where the Labrador Retriever did not rank number 1.

In New York City, the most popular breed in 2006 was the poodle. The Havanese is also uniquely popular in the Big Apple.

Detroit and Miami had the German Shepherd Dog at number one.