The Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2020

Dachshund puppies sitting side by side outdoors.

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 its love affair with the Labrador Retriever which tops the list for the 30th year in a row. Just below the Lab, the Frenchie takes the #2 spot, ranking above the German Shepherd Dog and Golden Retriever for the first time. And the Dachshund makes its way into the top 10 this year, knocking the Pembroke Welsh Corgi down to #11.

Some breeds rose in popularity, including the Belgian Malinois, which jumped from 60th in 2014 to 37th this year. Some breeds declined in popularity, even the adorable Coton de Tulear, which dropped 50 spots from 31 to 81, and the Boerbel, which declined almost 60 spots.

Like clothing styles and baby names, dog breeds go in and out of style. It’s likely that pop culture plays a large role in preferences. In fact, a study from the University of Bristol, City University of New York, and Western Carolina University found that movies, specifically durably popular ones, play a large role in breed popularity. For most of the twentieth century, even the breed’s temperament, health, and longevity played less of a role in selecting a dog than did association with a popular film.

The study used registration statistics from the AKC to compile and analyze the data. But there are more substantial reasons that dog registration is important. The AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the United States, maintaining systematic investigations and inspections. The AKC conducts thousands of inspections each year to ensure compliance with standards that support the safety, welfare, and health of dogs throughout 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 Most Popular Dog Breeds Rankings

Breed2020 Rank
Retrievers (Labrador)1
French Bulldogs2
German Shepherd Dogs3
Retrievers (Golden) 4
Bulldogs5
Poodles 6
Beagles7
Rottweilers8
Pointers (German Shorthaired)9
Dachshunds10
Pembroke Welsh Corgis11
Australian Shepherds12
Yorkshire Terriers13
Boxers14
Great Danes15
Siberian Huskies16
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels17
Doberman Pinschers18
Miniature Schnauzers19
Shih Tzu20
Boston Terriers21
Bernese Mountain Dogs22
Pomeranians23
Havanese24
Cane Corso25
Spaniels (English Springer)26
Shetland Sheepdogs27
Brittanys28
Pugs29
Spaniels (Cocker)30
Miniature American Shepherds31
Border Collies32
Mastiffs33
Chihuahuas34
Vizslas35
Basset Hounds36
Belgian Malinois37
Maltese38
Weimaraners39
Collies40
Newfoundlands41
Rhodesian Ridgebacks42
Shiba Inu43
West Highland White Terriers44
Bichons Frises45
Bloodhounds46
Spaniels (English Cocker)47
Akitas48
Portuguese Water Dogs49
Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay)50
Dalmatians51
St. Bernards52
Papillons53
Australian Cattle Dogs54
Bullmastiffs55
Samoyeds56
Scottish Terriers57
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers58
Whippets59
Pointers (German Wirehaired)60
Chinese Shar-Pei61
Airedale Terriers62
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons63
Bull Terriers64
Alaskan Malamutes65
Cardigan Welsh Corgis66
Giant Schnauzers67
Old English Sheepdogs68
Italian Greyhounds69
Great Pyrenees70
Dogues de Bordeaux71
Russell Terriers72
Cairn Terriers73
Irish Wolfhounds74
Setters (Irish)75
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs76
Miniature Pinschers77
Lhasa Apsos78
Chinese Crested79
Coton de Tulear80
Staffordshire Bull Terriers81
American Staffordshire Terriers82
Rat Terriers83
Chow Chows84
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs85
Basenjis86
Spaniels (Boykin)87
Lagotti Romagnoli88
Brussels Griffons89
Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)90
Norwegian Elkhounds91
Standard Schnauzers92
Dogo Argentinos93
Bouviers des Flandres94
Pekingese95
Keeshonden96
Border Terriers97
Leonbergers98
Tibetan Terriers99
Neapolitan Mastiffs100
Setters (English)101
Retrievers (Flat-Coated)102
Borzois103
Fox Terriers (Wire)104
Miniature Bull Terriers105
Belgian Tervuren106
Setters (Gordon)107
Silky Terriers108
Norwich Terriers109
Spinoni Italiani110
Japanese Chin111
Welsh Terriers112
Toy Fox Terriers113
Schipperkes114
Parson Russell Terriers115
Pointers116
Belgian Sheepdogs117
Tibetan Spaniels118
American Eskimo Dogs119
Irish Terriers120
Beaucerons121
Afghan Hounds122
Boerboels123
Fox Terriers (Smooth)124
Bearded Collies125
Black Russian Terriers126
Black and Tan Coonhounds127
Spaniels (Welsh Springer)128
American Hairless Terriers129
Norfolk Terriers130
Xoloitzcuintli131
Manchester Terriers132
Kerry Blue Terriers133
Australian Terriers134
Spaniels (Clumber)135
Lakeland Terriers136
Bluetick Coonhounds137
English Toy Spaniels138
German Pinschers139
Tibetan Mastiffs140
Bedlington Terriers141
Greyhounds142
Pulik143
Salukis144
Barbets145
Redbone Coonhounds146
Swedish Vallhunds147
Sealyham Terriers148
Spanish Water Dogs149
Briards150
Berger Picards151
Entlebucher Mountain Dogs152
Treeing Walker Coonhounds153
Icelandic Sheepdogs154
Wirehaired Vizslas155
Pumik156
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos157
Spaniels (American Water)158
Retrievers (Curly-Coated)159
Spaniels (Field)160
Lowchen161
Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes162
Affenpinschers163
Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens164
Finnish Lapphunds165
Scottish Deerhounds166
Plott Hounds167
Norwegian Buhunds168
Glen of Imaal Terriers169
Setters (Irish Red and White)170
Ibizan Hounds171
Spaniels (Sussex)172
Bergamasco Sheepdogs173
Spaniels (Irish Water)174
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs175
Otterhounds176
Kuvaszok177
Komondorok178
Cirnechi dell’Etna179
Pharaoh Hounds180
Dandie Dinmont Terriers181
Pyrenean Shepherds182
Skye Terriers183
Canaan Dogs184
American English Coonhounds185
Chinooks186
Finnish Spitz187
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens188
Sloughis189
Harriers190
Cesky Terriers191
American Foxhounds192
Azawakhs193
English Foxhounds194
Norwegian Lundehunds195