Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2009

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PetMD Editorial
Published: April 21, 2010

Woof Wednesday

Have you been sitting there on this particular Wednesday pondering where your dog falls on the most popular dog breed list? Well, if you have one of our much beloved mutts, you’re out of luck (although we all know they’re amongst the best of all), because today's list, as reported by the American Kennel Club, only covers purebreds.

So whether you’re merely curious about who the top dogs are, or anxious to see if your dog finally made it to the top of the list, read on …

#10 Shih Tzu

Chinese in origin, its name literally translates into “mini lion.” As far as we're concerned, though, Shih Tzus don't resemble any lions we've ever seen. That is, unless you were thinking of a very small lion that barked. This diminutive dog is, however, lively and loving toward other people and pets. And like other small dogs, the Shih Tzu need to be constantly reminded who's in charge -- the humans!

#9 Poodle

Considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds, the poodle also handily comes in different sizes (small, medium, large), and many different colors. People-friendly, the poodle does enjoy being the center of attention, too. In fact, he gets bored easily and prefers to perform tricks. As a bonus, poodles will also allow you to experiment with funky hairdos on them.

#8 Bulldog

After 70 years away from the limelight, the bulldog has finally made it on the top ten for the second year running, and is slowly climbing the ladder. This friendly, family-oriented dog is fairly docile and gets along with kids and other pets. Some bulldogs are so attached to their homes and people, they won’t leave the yard without one of their family members with them.

#7 Dachshund

Also known as the weiner dog -- and for good reason -- the Dachshund is low to the ground with stumpy legs and a long, sausage-shaped body. He is friendly, spirited, silly and affectionate. But like all small dogs, he needs leadership -- not babying -- to become the best pet he can be.

#6 Boxer

Though no Mike Tyson, the Boxer is a compact and powerful dog -- and very friendly. In fact, the Boxer is great with children, other animals, and even cats!

#5 Beagle

It should come as little surprise that one of the most famous cartoon dogs, Charles Schulz's Snoopy, is one of the most popular breeds of dog: the Beagle. Adorable, friendly, and gentle (though not timid), the Beagle is great with kids and is the perfect addition to any family. Just don't ask him to be a guard dog, as the Beagle is too easily won over by strangers.

#4 Golden Retriever

Originally bred as a gun dog (to assist hunters in finding and retrieving game), the Golden Retriever has become one of the world’s most popular breeds -- especially due to his loyal and friendly manner. The Golden Retriever loves water and is known kindly, friendly, and confident. He is also extremely smart and patient with children.

#3 German Shepherd

Hailing from Germany (sorry, no points for having already guessed that), the dog was bred to herd sheep. But because of its intelligence, strength, and great propensity for training, the German Shepherd is often used by the military, police, and other armed forces all over the world. His loyalty, protective nature, and affection for families (including kids), meanwhile, makes the German Shepherd a favorite among households around the world.

#2 Yorkshire Terrier

Cute and adorable with a silky long coat, this is one teeny-tiny dog that is packed chock-full of glamor. But don’t even think about telling the Yorkie he’s little. This dog thinks he’s big and brave, often braver than such a small stature warrants. It's no question the Yorkie is at No. 2 due to his energy, loyalty, affection, and, lest we forget, cute factor.

#1 Labrador Retriever

If you’ve kept an eye on the top ten breeds list at any point over the past two decades, then you’re not going to be surprised that the Labrador Retriever holds the No. 1 position yet again. And for good reason. Athletic, good looking, great with small kids, friendly, loving, and loyal, there are few greater dogs than a Lab. Some would even argue there are none greater.

So there you have it. The top ten most popular breeds of '09.

Woof! It’s Wednesday.