For nearly 30 years, the Labrador Retriever has been the title of the most popular dog breed in the United States. It’s easy to see why the family-friendly breed has been listed as the most popular dog breed since 1990. Labs are smart, patient, and just plain cute. But of course they are not the only breed that steals hearts in America. The list of the most popular dog breeds of 2021 includes all types of dogs – from German Shepherds to Golden Retrievers to Beagles and Corgis. And as dog adoption increases, even more are added, and they are not all purebred! The list below provides the official ranking of the breeds registered by AKC. However, according to’s database of more than a million pets, the most popular dog breed is not a specific breed at all, with “mixed breeds” taking the top spot. (PS, want to see what’s most popular in your city? You can use’s city rankings to see how obsessed with doodles in Nashville or with Miniature Schnauzers in Austin.) For AKC registered breeds, here are the most popular dog breeds in the USA