Today, the American Kennel Club announced the results of their annual survey of the most popular dog breeds in America, and once again, the Labrador Retriever took the top spot. For 28 years in a row, the Lab has been #1 on the list, which is determined by the AKC based on the number of registrations received. In fact, the top eight breeds are all the same as last year.

The only change from the 2017 list is in the last two spots. Last year’s #9 breed, the Yorkshire Terrier, dropped to #10. Meanwhile, the German Shorthaired Pointer rose from #10 in 2017 to #9 in 2018. That’s the highest rank the GSP has ever achieved since its AKC debut in 1930! 

Here’s the full list of 2018’s top 10 most popular dog breeds, starring 12 adorable DogWatch Dogs from across the country!

1. Labrador Retriever

Maya and Benson, Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers Maya and Benson, customers of DogWatch of Puget Sound

2. German Shepherd

5 month old German Shepherd puppy

Frances, a 5 month old German Shepherd puppy from Indian Hill, OH, customer of DogWatch of Greater Cincinnati

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever puppy sitting on stairs

Camo the Golden Retriever puppy from Norcross, GA, customer of Atlanta/Athens DogWatch Hidden Fence

4. French Bulldog

two French Bulldog puppies sitting on a leather couch

French Bulldog puppies Moo Cow and Cow Pattie, customers of DogWatch of Mid-Alabama

5. English Bulldog

English Bulldog

Tyson the English Bulldog from Decatur, TX, customer of LoneStar DogWatch

6. Beagle


Lily the 5 1/2 month old Beagle, customer of DogWatch of Greater Charleston

7. Poodle

Black Standard Poodle

Rose the Black Standard Poodle, customer of DogWatch of Northwest NC

8. Rottweiler

Rottweiler puppy

Liza the Rottweiler puppy, customer of DogWatch of Montana

9. German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer sitting in grass with tongue out

Brady the German Shorthaired Pointer, customer of DogWatch of Omaha

10. Yorkshire Terrier

smiling Yorkshire Terrier sitting in the grass with dog toy

Mimi the Yorkshire Terrier, customer of DogWatch by Laughing Labrador


To see the full list, visit

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