The 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2022


Every year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) releases their ranking of the most popular dog breeds for the year based on AKC registration statistics. While most of these canines continue to make the list year after year, the list does shift over time based on current trends and this year has a new top dog!


2022 was another year of growth as pet ownership in the US continues to increase. In fact, the current rate of 70% of households that own a pet is significantly higher than a few decades ago in 1988 where only 56% of households owned a pet. With 69 million households owning a dog and 30% of Americans adopting at least one pet during the pandemic, let’s take a look at the dog breeds that are topping the list.


Five: Poodle


The aristocratic Poodle rounds out the top five most popular dog breeds and has continued to be a favorite on this list for years. Whether Standard, Miniature, or Toy, and either black, white, or apricot, the Poodle stands proudly among dogdom’s true aristocrats. These beautiful dogs are the national dog of France and have been increasingly popular in the US due to their temperament, great looks, and companionship.


Four: German Shepherd


Known for their loyal, courageous, and steady demeanors, it’s no wonder the German Shepherd ranked high again this year on the list of most popular dog breeds in the US. Ranking at number four, German Shepherds are not only gentle family pets and steadfast guardians, but they are also known as the best breed for law enforcement as their demeanor shows that they are willing to put their lives on the line in defense of loved ones.


Three: Golden Retriever


One of the most popular pups in the US is the lovable Golden Retriever. Not only do these adorable and friendly dogs make for amazing family pets, but they are also known for their intelligence which makes them highly capable working dogs. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters, tracking, sniffing out contraband for law enforcement, and are amazing therapy and service dogs.


Two: Labrador Retriever


The Labrador Retriever was the top dog in the US for decades until this year’s announcement of the Frenchie ranking number one. While the Lab slid down in popularity, it was only slightly as this breed is still high on the list and this year’s second most popular dog. One of the reasons why the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dogs is due to their personality. Labs are famously friendly and are companionable housemates who bond with the whole family, socializing well with neighbor dogs and humans alike.


One: French Bulldog


Also known as the “Frenchie” the French Bulldog has been climbing the ranks over the past decade and ranked second last year. This year, for the first time ever, the French Bulldog tops the list and is the number one most popular dog breed in the US! In 2012 the Frenchie was ranked at number 14 and since then registrations have increased by over 1,000%. This playful pup made history when it broke the Labrador Retrievers top-dog status that was held for over three decades.


Whether you are looking to adopt one of these top dogs to your family or another breed entirely, it’s important that you have a veterinarian picked out and ready to go so your pup is taken care of from day one. The AVMA suggests that you consider a few key factors like the office hours, payment options, and referrals before choosing a veterinarian best suited for you and your family. If you’re looking to schedule an appointment with us at the Bregman Veterinary Group, click here to get started!

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