Top 3 Most Owned Dog Breeds

Lesder Cerino-Lazaro, Writer

The most owned dog breed is currently the Labrador Retriever with more than 98,300 people registering Labs in the American Kennel Club’s registry. The Labrador Retriever has been at the top of the list for most owned dogs for 23 consecutive years according to the AKC. This dog breed first moved to top 10 dog breeds back in the 1970’s and later took the title of most owned dog from the Cocker Spaniel breed which had been No.1 for more than 20 years. Labradors have been cited as great pets due to their friendliness, stable temperament, and ability to be trained easily. Today, they can work in a variety of settings like waterfowl hunting and game hunting. 


At 2nd place for most owned dogs is the French Bulldog, said the AKC. Despite their name, “Frenchies” do not originate from France – they are descendants of British bulldogs. The Frenchie is playful, alert, and adaptable, but since they are purebred they tend to have some genetic problems like breathing problems which will cause them constant pain. As a result of their squat frame and bulbous head, French bulldogs can’t swim either. French bulldogs have either rose-shaped ears or bat shaped ears, but this doesn’t affect their hearing.


The 3rd most owned dog in the world is the German Shepherd. German Shepherds were originally bred for herding and are now often used as working dogs for the police and armed forces. The intelligence and agility of German Shepherds made them stand out and seen in many types of work today. The most common health problems among German Shepherds are elbow and hip dysplasia. German Shepherds can live 9 to 13 years, but the health problems that affect their mobility such as elbow and hip dysplasia can affect the quality of their life and shorten their lifespan.