The most popular dog breed in America for a generation has been the Labrador. The rest of the top five: German shepherds, golden retrievers, bulldogs and beagles.
Filling out the top 10: French bulldogs, Yorkshire terriers, poodles, Rottweilers and boxers. French bulldogs, not even in the top 50 in 2002, are now a top breed in New York, Miami and San Francisco. Former top 10 breeds now in decline include Dachshunds and shih tzus.
Former number ones no longer in the top 20 include Boston terriers, cocker spaniels and St. Bernards.
The American Kennel Club bases this on last year's new registrations, so the term "most popular" is misleading – if Dachshunds were popular five years ago, clearly most of those Dachshunds are still alive and well.
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