The Top 10 Countdown of the Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2014

Everyone knows that dogs are man’s best friend, but men are complicated and have a lot of needs, so a lot goes into the decision of which dog to get. It may need to be a guard dog, service dog, a companion pup, or a family dog. Anyway you slice it, it’s going to be adorable. Here is the top 10 most popular breeds this year according to the American Kennel Club’s yearly registrations.

10. Dachschunds

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Flickr: paldorslate

Weiner dogs!!! Meaning “badger dog” in German, dachshunds have friendly and eager personalities, which make for great companions. They have an excellent sense of smells, so sometimes you’ll see them as hunting dogs or as airport sniffers, but you’re much more likely to see them bopping around a backyard with their favorite humans.

9. Rottweilers

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Flickr: styles_at

These intelligent, self-confident, and hard-working dogs offer a surprising variety of jobs. They are great police dogs, herders, service dogs, and therapy dogs. It’s interesting to see a dog that can just as easily be a junkyard dog as it can be a therapy dog. This rottweiler’s only job is to chew on his ball. Om nom nom!

8. Poodles

It’s no surprise why poodles are such a popular dog: they come in three different sizes and have thick, curly coats that come in a wide variety of colors. It’s almost like you can build your own poodle! They are incredibly obedient and exceptionally smart and, because they are hypoallergenic, they make very popular family dogs.

7. Boxers

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Flickr: dryfish

I don’t see many boxers out and about, but they are very protective and love people. A perfect combination for a family. They also have an interesting past; they served as excellent couriers in war time and their powerful build and acute intelligence make them fantastic seeing-eye dogs. Though, even with two big black eyes, this little guy doesn’t look like he’s boxing anyone any time soon.

6. Yorkshire Terriers

There little guys have always been hot. With their beautiful coats and itty bitty bodies, it’s easy to see why people are obsessed. They don’t really grow, so basically you get a permanent puppy. The only pint-sized thing about them is their stature, their personalities are brave, determined, investigative, and energetic. At least this guy is so teeny tiny, it can’t possibly be that hard to keep up with him.

5. Bulldogs

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Flickr: msvg

These dogs are so ugly-cute: they are loose-jointed, have a shuffling gait, and a massive head. They have a very gentle disposition, which makes them great with other dogs and families. They aren’t exactly lap

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Flickr: thewestend

dogs, but they’re known to hop their chubby butts right up in their owner’s lap. They have a very short lifespan in comparison to other dogs (only 5-6 years) and cost a pretty penny, they ring in at the tune of around $9,000. The most famous bulldog is undoubtedly Handsome Dan, Yale’s mascot. As the first mascot for a college, there have been 17 total Handsome Dans since 1889. Each one is well taken care of by coaches, deans, directors, even cheerleaders. USC has the Trojans, nothing close to as cute as Handsome Dan!

4. Beagles

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Flickr: thomashawk

Beagles have always been great dogs. They are great hunting companions and their cheerful personalities and their love of outdoors make them great family dogs. My guitar teacher has one named Henry. He isn’t exactly a puppy, but he does like to make a dog bed out of my guitar case the second I open it.

3. Golden Retrievers

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Flickr: canoodlepets

Goldens have always been a super popular dog. They are eager-to-please and are great family dogs. They are super patient, so a little one tugging at their fur or trying to ride them doesn’t bother them one bit. These dogs are also intelligent and hardworking, so they make great search-and-rescue, guide, and assistance dogs. They make amazing therapy dogs, nine of them were sent to Newton, CT after the horrific school shooting to bond with the children. This little guy definitely has a big future ahead of him, but right now he probably just wants to play.

2. German Shepherds

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Flickr: jimmybenson

These guys are the leading police dogs, guard dogs, and military dogs. This breed can pick up almost any scent. They are a relatively new breed, surprisingly, and originated in the 1890s in Germany following World War I. These guys are truly the complete package, they are approachable and loving family dogs, but come with a dependable and fearless personality. They also happen to be some of the most expensive doggies on the planet, costing up to $24,000 big ones. And if you happen to be a billionaire, a super important person, or someone with a lot to hide, you can have your dog trained at the famous Harrison K-9 Security Service company for up to $50,000. This little guy doesn’t seem like a rough and tough police dog…yet.

1. Labrador Retrievers

No breed comes close to labs. They have topped the list for 22 years. As the loyal family favorite, these dogs are incredibly playful, loyal, and trusted companions. They have a long lifespan and and never lose their tenacity. They make great police dogs and search-and-rescue dogs, too. The puppy above looks like he’s ready for a nap with his new family and the only thing he’s probably searching for is his tennis ball!

**HONORABLE MENTION:

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Flickr: evocateur

No puppy list is complete without a corgi shoutout. I don’t care where on the popularity list they fall, they are always #1 in my book! With their stumpy legs and giant ears (and butts), they are easily the cutest little doggies on the planet!

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