Which breeds are the most popular? Each year the American Kennel Club creates the Top 10 list based on registration statistics.
Here's a look at the AKC's 10 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. for 2008.
Posted 27 Jan 2009
This toy dog ranges from 9 to 16 pounds. The word Shih Tzu means "Lion."
The only breed that comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. Poodles are known for their intelligence and come in a variey of colors.
Its gentle and protective nature are what makes the Bulldog one of the most popular breeds.
Known for their short legs and long bodies, these dogs have a great sense of smell and can be miniature or standard size.
Boxers are great companion dogs, good with children and are also used as seeing-eye dogs.
Like one of the most famous Beagles, Snoopy, these dogs are known for their joyful personality. They are known for their hunting ability.
With an average size of 55 to 75 pounds, these gentle, pleasant dogs have a golden-colored coat.
A very dependable breed, the German Shepherd is family-friendly dog and also a police, guard and military dog.
Also known as "Yorkies", these small toy dogs have long coats and lots of energy.