According to the National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association, pet ownership is increasing in the United States, with families who own dogs ahead of the game. The 2019-2020 edition found that 67% of households or 85 million families had at least one pet – the highest level ever reported. Of these, 63.4 million households have a fuzzy member.

There are many different breeds to choose from – the American Kennel Club (AKC) now recognizes 196. The newest breed to gain recognition is the Belgian Laekenois, pronounced lak-in-wah. The Laeken, the rarest of the four Belgian guardian breeds, was added in July 2020.

To identify the 50 most popular breeds in the U.S., Tempo checked the latest data from the 24/7 American Kennel Club published May 1, 2020 based on 2019 AKC registration statistics.

Some breeds have been consistently popular over the years, with Golden and Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds regularly dominating popularity.

In fact, the # 1 and Labrador Retriever rules is since 1991. Golden and Labrador retrievers are particularly popular with families for good reason. They are some of the best family friendly dogs around.

Americans’ love for their pets is evident in grooming salons and dog parks. The ratio of dog parks to residents reflects a place’s attitude towards dogs and their owners. These are the most dog-friendly cities in America.

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