The Most & Least Popular Dog Breeds

Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu
The dog with the name that's kinda hard to say in mixed company edged the Miniature Schnauzer to land in the top 10 most popular breeds. (Credit:Getty Images)
Pharaoh Hound
Pharaoh Hound
The 10th least popular breed is the Pharaoh Hound, also noted for its brisk running speed and keenness for hunting. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
Poodle
Poodle
A lot of people must really like putting poofballs on their pups, as the Poodle ranks the 9th most popular. (Credit:Getty Images)
Swedish Vallund
Swedish Vallund
9th Least Popular: Swedish Vallhund. The Swedish Vallund has been used for herding cattle since the days of the Vikings (the nordic Vikings, not the NFL Vikings). (Credit:) (Credit: Mary Bloom © AKC)
Bulldog
Bulldog
Stalwart and dependable, the bulldog is the 8th most popular breed as listed by the American Kennel Club.(Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Canaan
Canaan
The Canaan, a herding dog native to the Middle East, is the 8th least popular breed in the U.S. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
Dachshund
Dachshund
The word "Dachshund" means "badger dog" in German. This little wienerschnitzel is the 7th most popular pup on the home front. (Credit:Jupiter Images)
Komondorok
Komondorok
This cascade of white dreadlocks is the 7th least popular breed. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
Boxer
Boxer
The Boxer has been an AKC-recognized breed since 1904. Though the boxer mix pictured here recently won a contest for the ugliest dog, it's still the country's 6th most popular breed.
(Credit:Getty/Justin Sullivan)
Sealyham Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
6th Least Popular: Sealyham Terrier. This not terribly popular breed was developed from the West Highland White Terrier, the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, the Bull Terrier and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
Bealge
Bealge
Snoopy was a Beagle, and the breed is the 5th most popular in the U.S. (Credit:Getty/ Timothy A. Clary/AFP)
Finnish Spitz
Finnish Spitz
The Finnish Spitz, a fox-like breed, is the 5th least popular. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever
4th Most Popular: Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever is considered one of the most intelligent and most loyal breeds. (Credit:CBS)
Otterhound
Otterhound
4th Least Popular: Otterhound. The Otterhound isn't a highly popular breed, but musical fans may recognize this as Sandy, the dog Little Orphan Annie finds on the streets of New York. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
German Shepherd
German Shepherd
3rd Most Popular: German Shepherd. Police preference for the German Shepherd is probably one reason it's the 3rd most popular breed.
(Credit:Getty/ Christopher Furlong)
Harrier
Harrier
3rd Least Popular: Harrier. This breed, which strongly resembles the ever-popular Beagle, is used as a pack hunter to chase down hare. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
2nd Most Popular: Yorkshire Terrier. There are a lot of purses out there, and there are a lot of Yorkies just waiting for rides within them. (Credit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Glen Of Imaal Terrier
Glen Of Imaal Terrier
2nd Least Popular: Glen Of Imaal Terrier. Not popular today, but this breed was once used to turn the wheels that would rotate spits over hearths. Consider getting one for your rustic kitchen. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever
This breed has been the most popular dog in the U.S. for well over a decade.(Credit:Tengku Bahar/AFP/Getty Images)
English Foxhound
English Foxhound
1st Least Popular: English and American Foxhounds. Neither the English nor the American version of the Foxhound are staggeringly popular in the U.S. (Credit:Mary Bloom © AKC)
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