Top 10 Dog Breeds

AKC Names 2016's Popular Pooches

The American Kennel Club, a non-profit organization that maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, has announced which dog breeds were most popular in 2016. The list of 189 dog breeds was narrowed down to the top 10 four-legged companions that Americans preferred to take home. Results are tabulated based on the organization's annual registration statistics. Nationwide pet insurance has compiled a breed description page for each of these dog breeds; if you'd like to learn more about each breed, simply click on the "read more" link to find out about the breed's history, personality, appearance and common health conditions. You may also click on the infographic pictured to the right to access our Top 10 Dog Breeds Infographic, a printable poster that highlights each breed's top three most popular names and top three most common health conditions. Drum roll, please…

  • Boxer
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Poodle
  • French Bulldog
  • Beagle
  • Bulldog
  • Golden Retriever
  • German Shepherd Dogs
  • Labrador Retriever

1. Boxer

The boxer dog, a muscular, short-coated breed with a distinctive square head has had a place in the hearts of owners for decades. The boxer’s strong body and gentle, playful spirit are a great combination. And what about his name? It is said that his moniker is a testament to his playful and curious side. You’ll notice that your boxer dog uses his front paws for just about everything. He’s likely to paw at his toys and food in a cat-like way. He also likes to jump up and motion with his front paws, making him look like he’s actually boxing, and hence the name.