Monday, February 3, 2014

2013 Most Popular Dog Breeds: Choose the Right Pup for You!

Rocco does what Havanese do best…. zoooom!
The AKC today revealed its most recent most popular dog breed list (based on registrations). And while I eagerly searched for my breed -- the Havanese -- I also hoped the breed hadn't risen too high on the list.

Why is that?

Because much as we love being popular,  that also can sometimes lead to irresponsibility… among both dog breeders and dog owners.

I love the Havanese breed and want to see it continue to be bred for good health and temperament. Responsible breeders go to great lengths to help ensure their pups have the best chance for a long and healthy life. And, they breed for nice temperament as well as gorgeous, healthy pups.

Responsible dog owners will do their research to help them choose the right puppy for them. For example, while Havanese are adorable and fluffy, they are NOT couch potatoes! I have to keep Rocco busy or he'll make up his own games to play.

So before you decide on a breed or any dog, here's some helpful info from the AKC to help you find the right breeder and dog for you. You can also ask trusted folks you know who are very active in the breed, attend a dog show or contact the local or national breed club.

So without further ado, here are the top breeds of 2013:

  1. Labrador Retrievers
  2. German Shepherd Dogs
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. Beagles
  5. Bulldogs
  6. Yorkshire Terriers
  7. Boxers
  8. Poodles
  9. Rottweilers
  10. Dachshunds
  11. French Bulldogs
Among the fastest growing in popularity are French Bulldogs, which have risen from 54th to 11th, and Havanese, which have risen from 55th to 25th, during the last 10 years.

Rocco plays in his puppy home! FitPaws Paw
Pods provided stimulation to help pups feel
comfortable with motion and surface variety.
You can also check out the top breeds in major cities here.

We love looking at this breed list each year, but most important is to choose the best pup for you and your lifestyle. And, if you're looking for a purebred dog, do your research to find a responsible breeder.

I've been a member of our local Havanese breed club for about 10 years, and I've known Rocco's breeder for about as long! By the time he came to live with me at about 10 weeks, he already had a good idea of what potty training was all about and was well socialized in his puppy home. His parents also had all their health testing done, and Rocco had been BAER tested for hearing.

As a result, Rocco is a healthy, active, well-adjusted dog -- exactly what I expected!

We'd love to hear how you chose your pup. Just leave us a note in the comments below!


  1. Wow we didn't make the list but spaniels are very popular over here because of Will and Kate. Interesting list. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Kuvasz and GBGV are never on any popular lists and we are happy to have it that way. We feel bad for those breeds that get so popular, then are overbred, and many end up in shelters. People do need to find out what breed works for them be it popular or not. So many labs we know are in a mess because the owners wanted a family dog but had no idea about lab energy and chewing.

  3. You have a great point about breed popularity. So many beagles are not breed for their health and end up in shelters or worse rather than a loving home. I wish popularity didn't have to coincide with lack of responsibility.

  4. I'm glad I'm last. Cause people get us and might return us cause we could be $$$$$$$$$$!!

  5. Mommy says you would have to be crazy to get a BEAGLE. Tuiren is a pain in the butt. She keeps escaping from our yard, even after we put a hot wire up along with the FENCE.

  6. My Maya is #1. I knew that the day I got her. ;) I knew, because Sephi could be a brat with other dogs... a brat, not aggressive... that I wanted a puppy and a breed or breed mix that tended to get along well with other dogs. I didn't really go looking for a single specific breed, but the moment I saw Maya I knew she was the one.

  7. Oh no, I'm not one that likes to go along with the crowd, and there are all three of my dog breeds in the top 4! LOL Actually, our newest pup is a lab mix, so I don't think it counts if he's not a purebred.
    I think it is very important to go to a responsible breeder if you want a purebred puppy (or a breed rescue), as you said. When we wanted a 2nd beagle, it actually took us quite a while to find one, but that was important to us.

  8. I love big dogs. I feel secure if they are around and I love how they behave their selves. So cute!! The breed for me is either Rottweiler or St. Bernard.

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