Review of Breed Popularity

Do you ever wonder what kind of dogs are actually the most poplur in different countries?
I do. I was able to find statistics for the top 20 UK and the U.S. and the top ten in Australia. There are some similarities and some interesting differences.

According to the UK Kennel Club the 20 most popular breeds they currently have registered are as follow:

Retriever (Labrador)

Spaniel (Cocker)


Spaniel (English Springer)

German Shepherd Dog


Cavalir King Charles Spaniel

Staffordshire Bull Terrier



Border Terrier

Retriever (Golden)




West Highland White Terrier


Miniature Schnauzer


Shih Tzu




Lhasa Apso



Yorkshire Terrier



Dogue de Bordeaux


Bull Terrier





Meanwhile, over at the American Kennel Club the top 20 are currently:

Labrador Retriever

German Shepherd Dogs
Golden Retrievers
Yorkshire Terriers





Shih Tzu
Miniature Schnauzers

Doberman Pinschers




German Shorthaired Pointers

Siberian Huskies


French Bulldogs

Great Danes

Shetland Sheepdogs




It is intersting to me where the overlaps occur – for example, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in also Canada, and New Zeland.


In Australia the top ten breeds have one or two surprises compared to the other lists we’ve reviewed so far, such as the breed at number one is not a Lab – they’re all the way down at #2 in Australia:


Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Labrador Retriever

German Shepherd

Cavaliar King Charles Spaniel

Golden Retriever

Border Collie

American Staffordshire Terrier 




There we have it — a review of some of the most popular breeds of dogs in a handful of places from around the world.  I know I’m living with a few of the popular breeds – a Labrador and a Bull Terrier – and one breed that hasn’t been in the top 20 for a long time – a Collie. Of course, perhaps the most popular dogs of all are the mixed breeds and I’ve certainly lived with many, many of these wonder dogs in my life.

How about you? What canine companions grace your home currently and is there any breed you’re still hoping to live with one day?

My one day list – almost endless :-)


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