Back to back wins for America’s newest favorite breed! Today, the American Kennel Club announced that the French Bulldog is the most popular dog breed in the country for the second year in a row. These mighty little lap dogs earned the top spot on the AKC’s annual survey of the most popular dog breeds in America. The AKC based their list on the number of registrations received in 2023.

Last year, the Frenchie pushed the Labrador Retriever to #2 spot, ending that breed’s remarkable 31-year run at #1. The lovable Lab repeated in the runner up spot in 2023, and rounding out the 2023 top five are the Golden Retriever (#3), the German Shepherd (#4) and the Poodle (#5) – the same top 5 breeds as last year.

The biggest jump on this year’s list belongs to the Dachshund. The diminutive hounds rose from #9 in 2022 to #6 in 2023. These little dogs are on the move! 

Here’s the full list of 2023’s top 10 most popular dog breeds, starring some adorable DogWatch Dogs from all across the country!

1. French Bulldog

Bruce the French Bulldog

Bruce the French Bulldog – Customer of DogWatch by K9 Keeper Fencing

2. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers Sadie, Cooper and Clancy

Sadie, Cooper and Clancy, a trio of Labrador Retrievers – Customers for DogWatch of Upstate NY

3. Golden Retriever

A pair of Golden Retrievers from Cheshire, CT – Customers of DogWatch of Central CT

4. German Shepherd

Maya the German Shepherd with DogWatch Dealer Dave Wingfield

Maya the German Shepherd with her DogWatch Dealer, Dave from Hudson Valley DogWatch

5. Poodle

Standard Poodles Waylon, Jessie, and Winnie

Standard Poodles Waylon, Jessie, and Winnie – Customers of DogWatch SE

6. Dachshund

Dachshunds Murphy and Willis
Dachshunds Murphy and Willis – Customers of DogWatch of Greater Pittsburgh

7. English Bulldog

Rosie the English bulldog
Rosie the English Bulldog – Customer of DogWatch of Central Florida

8. Beagle

Peppy the Beagle puppy

Peppermint Patty (aka Peppy) the Beagle puppy – Spokesdog of DogWatch of St. Louis

9. Rottweiler

Chonky the Rottweiler

Chonky the Rottweiler – Customer of DogWatch of Central KY

10. German Shorthaired Pointer

Bear the German Shorthaired Pointer (pointerpuppers on Instagram)

Bear the German Shorthaired Pointer – Customer of DogWatch by C No Pet Fence (photo by @PointerPuppers on Instagram)

More of the top breeds – #11-#20

11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
12. Australian Shepherd
13. Yorkshire Terrier
14. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
15. Doberman Pinscher
16. Cane Corso
17. Miniature Schnauzer
18. Boxer
19. Great Dane
20. Shih Tzu

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