American Kennel Club announces top U.S. dog breeds of 2016; dog museum to move back to New York

March 21, 2017

by Amy McGregor

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has announced the 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. for 2016.  For the 26th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever was No. 1. AKC compiles the list based on its dog registry.

The same dog breeds that were in the Top 10 in 2016 were in the Top 10 in 2015, although the rankings for a few of the breeds changed. All of the breeds kept the same position on the list from the previous year, except the poodle dropped from No. 7 to No. 8; the Rottweiler jumped from No. 9 to No. 8; and the Yorkshire Terrier dropped from No. 7 to No. 9.

In other AKC news, AKC Museum of the Dog will move back to New York City on a date to be announced, according to an AKC press release. The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded in 1982, was originally housed in the New York Life Building located at 51 Madison Avenue as part of the AKC Headquarters. In 1987, the Museum moved to St. Louis at a temporary space in the historic Jarville House, located in Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, Missouri. A press release stated that the move back to New York City “is the result of a mutual agreement between both boards [AKC and the Museum] to expand and enhance the future of the Museum.”

The press release continued: “With a population of over 8.5 million people, and 59 million visitors per year, New York City provides an excellent opportunity for a substantial increase in visitors and exposure and lends the potential for educational programs to coincide with the promotion of the purebred dog. The relocation to Midtown Manhattan also provides a means for the Museum to generate revenue from additional admissions, memberships, sponsorships, and donations. The AKC is in negotiations for ground floor retail oriented space in the heart of New York City that would give the Museum the location necessary to become a world-class tourist destination.”

Here are AKC’s Top 10 dog breeds in the U.S. for 2016:

1.  Labrador Retriever

(2015 Ranking: No. 1)

2.  German Shepherd

(2015 Ranking: No. 2)

3.  Golden Retriever

( 2015 Ranking: No. 3)

4.  Bulldog

(2015 Ranking: No. 4)

5.  Beagle

(2015 Ranking: No. 5)

6.  French Bulldog

(2015 Ranking: No. 6)



7.  Poodle

(2015 Ranking: No. 8)

8.  Rottweiler

(2015 Ranking: No. 9)

9.  Yorkshire Terrier

(2015 Ranking: No. 7)

10.  Boxer

(2015 Ranking: No. 10)