America’s Most Popular Dog Breeds

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40. Newfoundlands
> 2017 rank: 36
> 2016 rank: 35
> 2007 rank: 44

Newfoundlands were originally bred as working dogs for fishermen in the Canadian province after which they are named. Newfoundlands are big, strong, loyal, and excellent swimmers, with lifesaving instincts in the water. The breed is easy to train and eager to please. It is an excellent companion and is even referred to as “the nanny dog.” Novelist J.M. Barrie specified that the beloved “Nana” in “Peter Pan” was a Newfoundland.

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39. Basset Hounds
> 2017 rank: 39
> 2016 rank: 39
> 2007 rank: 31

Originally bred in France, the basset hound is known for its droopy features, hunting ability, and keen sense of smell, which is second only to that of its cousin, the bloodhound. Bassets are great with kids, and, despite their size, they think of themselves as lap dogs.

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38. Collies
> 2017 rank: 40
> 2016 rank: 37
> 2007 rank: 38

Collies have tremendous herding abilities and protective instincts, as generations who have seen Lassie in films and on television know. They are strong, loyal, affectionate, and elegant dogs and respond well to training. Collies are a good fit for families with an active lifestyle, and they can thrive in the city as well as in the country.

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37. Maltese
> 2017 rank: 33
> 2016 rank: 33
> 2007 rank: 19

The Maltese is an ancient breed — images of Maltese can be found on Egyptian artifacts — and a classic lapdog. It’s small, like the island from which it got its name, dainty, and proud. It also has a fairly long life expectancy — up to 15 years — and a reputation for being affectionate and perky.

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36. Weimaraners
> 2017 rank: 34
> 2016 rank: 34
> 2007 rank: 30

The Weimaraner is named after the German city of Weimar, where it was bred as a hunting and retrieving dog. It has distinctive silver-gray coloration and bright blue eyes. The Weimaraner is an excellent pet known for its friendliness and obedience, but it needs to be kept active.

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35. Border Collies
> 2017 rank: 38
> 2016 rank: 38
> 2007 rank: 54

The border collie is widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed. In fact, it was bred for its intelligence and obedience and herding abilities. It is trainable and has protective instincts. However, it also needs more physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds.

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34. Miniature American Shepherds
> 2017 rank: 35
> 2016 rank: 36
> 2007 rank: Not in Top 100

The miniature American shepherd was developed in California in the 1960s and was originally called the miniature Australian shepherd. It has been used to herd small stock such as sheep and goats, and its own small size and temperament makes it a good household pet and travel companion.

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33. Chihuahuas
> 2017 rank: 32
> 2016 rank: 30
> 2007 rank: 12

Originating in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, these dogs are intelligent, loyal, and loving — but they are distrustful of strangers. Because they were bred for a warm climate, they don’t do well in the cold. Their tiny size makes them easy to carry around.

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32. Cane Corso
> 2017 rank: 37
> 2016 rank: 40
> 2007 rank: Not in Top 100

Originating in Italy and bred as guard dogs, Cane Corso are described by the AKC as “peerless protectors.” Notwithstanding their intimidating appearance — they are among the biggest dogs in the world (100 pounds for males) — Cane Corso are also intelligent, loyal, and docile in the company of their owners.

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31. Vizslas
> 2017 rank: 30
> 2016 rank: 31
> 2007 rank: 42

Also referred to as the Hungarian pointer, the Vizsla may date back over 1,000 years. There are depictions of the Vizsla being used as hunting dogs from the early 10th century, when Magyar tribes invaded Central Europe.