10 Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2020

A lot of things changed in 2020, but one thing remained the same – Americans love Labrador retrievers.

American Kennel Club just released their list of most popular dog breeds of 2020 based on registration statistics.

The Labrador retriever was named top dog for the 30th consecutive year! But for the first time, the French bulldog climbed its way to number 2.

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While some breeds gained in popularity, others declined. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was knocked down to 11th spot by the Dachshund who took 10th.

Rescued is our favorite breed and all of the most popular dog breeds can be found at shelters and rescues across the country.

Check out the top 10 most popular dog breeds of 2020 and breed-specific rescues below.

Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2020

1. Labrador Retriever

Friendly, loyal, and laidback are just a few words that describe these amazing dogs. They are popular family dogs and there are so many patiently waiting in shelters for a forever home.

Meet Bo: a 4-year-old black lab mix that just wants a family of his own. “He is good with all size dogs, big and small and is also good with cats. He enjoys a good walk, loves people and loves to play. He is incredibly sweet and is now looking for a new home to call his own.” Adopt him now by contacting Labs4Rescue.

2. French Bulldog

These adorable dogs win over the hearts of everyone they meet with their large “bat ears”, smushed faces, and entertaining personalities.

Meet Perdita: a tenacious 3-year-old Frenchie that doesn’t let anything get in her way, including her back-end paralysis. She loves to play fetch and is quick on her wheels. “This bright-eyed, always alert, and too cute sweetie girl will just lift your spirit. Her pure joy when she gets a new toy or enthusiasm when it’s playtime are enough to make your heart melt.” Contact French Bulldog Rescue Network to adopt her.

3. German Shepherd

This breed is highly intelligent, courageous, and makes an amazing family pet.

Meet Ezra. The one-year-old pup gets along well with kids and other dogs, but needs a playmate. He is full of energy and would do best in a home with a fenced yard. “He’s a great car rider and quickly becoming a good leash walker. He loves splashing around in water and playing ball. He would be a great dog to get into formal training where he can flex his brain muscles.” Adopt him through German Shepherd Rescue & Adoptions.

4. Golden Retriever

Athletic, cheerful, and ideal companions are words people use to describe their beloved golden retrievers.

Photo: Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Meet Perci. The young pup is believed to be a golden/collie mix and is absolutely beautiful. She has a heart of gold and just want to find someone to love. “Perci is a very special girl who needs to feel loved and cherished. We know she will flourish in the care of a loving adopter.” Apply to adopt her at Sunshine Golden Rescue.

5. Bulldog

Their laid-back personalities and adorable wrinkles are hard to resist.

Meet Bailey. She takes laid-back to a whole new level. She loves to snuggle in bed and likes to be waited on -like a true diva. “So much chonk. If you’re looking for an actual potato to lounge on your couch, Bailey is your gal!” Contact Austin Bulldog Rescue to adopt her.

6. Poodle

One of the oldest dog breeds is still a popular one due to their good looks, intelligence, and friendly personalities.

Photo: Carolina Poodle Rescue

Meet Bartlett. This large fella is looking for a patient family who will show him how to properly walk on a leash and how to interact with people and other dogs. He was found as a stray with a matted coat before Carolina Poodle Rescue took him in.

“Bartlett loves to play with his human friends. He’ll chase after a ball that you throw but won’t pick it up or bring it back. He enjoys the running and the chase but the retrieving is a bit of a mystery to him.”

7. Beagle

This breed loves to follow their nose and were originally bred to hunt rabbits.

Photo: Brew Beagles

Meet Jasper. He’s a vocal boy who loves attention. His foster family said, “He is definitely a snuggler and loves attention and affection. He is a people dog above everything — he follows us around, sleeps on the floor next to our desks while we work and tries to climb into our laps constantly (he thinks he’s a lap dog even though he’s a little large for that!).”

Adopt him through Brew Beagles.

8. Rottweiler

This robust breed is a great guard dog and loyal companion.

Meet Dani. The young pup prefers male dogs over females, but cannot live in a home with cats. She is housebroken and ready to find a loving forever home. Adopt her by contacting R.E.A.L. Rottweiler Rescue.

9. German Shorthaired Pointer

These affectionate dogs make great family pets but can be a bit rambunctious at times.

Meet Loki. “I get along with just about anyone, but when I see a squirrel run up a tree, I get pretty excited and try to follow them up the tree, just to make friends with them, of course!”

Contact Southeast German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue to adopt.

10. Dachshund

Dachshunds, also known as sausage or wiener dogs, were bred to hunt badgers but now make amazing family companions. Don’t let their small size fool you – they have huge personalities.

Meet Champ. This sweet senior just wants a loving home to spend his golden years. “He is a gorgeous 10 1/2-year-old red male. He is a very sweet boy who loves everyone, including other dogs and cats.” Reach out to Dachshund Haus Rescue for more information.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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