Top Ten Dog Breeds: Why They’re on the List

The American Kennel Club has released its Top Ten Dog Breeds List for 2018. Many of the dogs on this list have made the list before, with some newcomers. Here are the top dogs:

10. German Shorthaired Pointer

This is the first year the good-looking German Shorthaired Pointer has made the Top Ten. Bred as hunting dogs, these dogs are now also trained as bomb-sniffing dogs. They are energetic, eager to please, and good at everything—except being a couch potato.



9. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is the smallest dog on the list. These affectionate, intelligent, and courageous little dogs have long been favorites of those who love a lap dog for their constant companion.



8. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a large, muscular, dog that was bred to pull carts and drive cattle. They make great military, police, and security dogs. They are loving to their families and make excellent guard dogs. They make up their own minds about strangers. With their size, strength, and protective instincts, they are not the best choice for first-time dog owners.



7. Poodle

Poodles are considered the second smartest breed of dog (border collies come in first). They come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. They are proud and active dogs that love to swim, run, and walk. Their intelligence, coupled with the fact they typically don’t shed much, have made them one of the favorite breeds for years.



6. Beagle

The Beagle comes in number 6 this year. They have made the Top Ten list every decade since the list came out in 1884. This medium-sized dog is a family favorite. They have an unusual bark, sometimes described as a “yodel.” They are known for following scents to their origin, and are a common luggage-sniffing dog at airports.



5. Bulldog

The bulldog is a calm and friendly dog. Originally bred to fight bulls in 13th century England, they are courageous dogs. The sport they were bred for was outlawed in the 19th century, so bulldog lovers worked with the breed to make them more docile and keep the breed alive. The breeders were successful, with this dog now being a popular family dog.



4. French Bulldog

The French Bulldog, a smaller bulldog with pointed ears, was the inspiration for an alien creature in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” They are a favorite of city dwellers due to their compact size and the fact they’re relatively quiet. They rose in popularity from 76th to 4th in only 20 years.



3. Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever once again makes the list. These intelligent, friendly, calm, and even-tempered dogs make great family pets. There are also commonly used for therapy or service dogs.

Golden Retriever


2. German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog is another breed that consistently makes the list. With their stand-up ears and bright intelligent eyes, they are beautiful dogs. They are ranked third in intelligence, and are a common dog in both police and military K-9 units. Gentle with family, but courageous protectors, they also make great family dogs.



1. Labrador Retriever

Once again the Labrador Retriever comes in as Top Dog on the AKC Top Ten list. This is the 27th year as leader of the list, the longest reign in the list’s history. These beautiful dogs have three coat colors: black, chocolate, and yellow. They love to swim and play and are great companions for both children and adults. They do tend to shed and they love to eat (and eat and eat and eat. . .), but apparently, most owners feel those faults are outweighed by their good nature and fun-loving ways.



Did your dog’s breed make the list? Remember, this list is complied based on breed of dog, not the particular dog. Because you know your dog is the best dog in the world, whether his breed makes the cut or not.

Meet the Author: Pam Hair

Pam Hair is a pet industry copywriter with Fuzzy Friends Writer, where she combines her three passions: a love of animals, a strong desire to help other people, and the joy of writing. She has been a pet parent over the years to dogs, cats, and a variety of rodents. Currently she and her husband share their home with two guinea pigs.

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