Lifestyle Pets 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds From the floppy Labrador to the elegant Shih Tzu, see which breeds we love most, according to the American Kennel Club. By People Staff Updated on January 4, 2022 05:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 10 LABRADOR RETREIVER AKC For the 18th year in a row, lovable Labrador retrievers topped the AKC's annual list of popular breeds. Affectionately known as Labs, they are descendents of dogs that worked with fishermen in the Canadian maritime province of Labrador. Labs come in black, chocolate and yellow.FAMOUS LAB: Marley 02 of 10 YORKSHIRE TERRIER AKC Yorkshire terriers, known as Yorkies, are tiny-sized friends with big terrier spirits.FAMOUS FANS: Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake 03 of 10 GERMAN SHEPHERD AKC The German Shepherd Dog is the world's policeman. They fiercely protect children and were once thought to be much smarter than all other breeds.FAMOUS SHEPHERDS: Rin-Tin-TinFAMOUS FANS: Amy Grant, Joe Biden 04 of 10 GOLDEN RETRIEVER AKC The Golden retriever started as a dog that picked up game in Scotland. Now they're more known for being happy, friendly family dogs.FAMOUS GOLDEN: Air BudFAMOUS FANS: Bill Murray, Mary Tyler Moore, Conan O'Brien 05 of 10 BEAGLE AKC The beagle dates back to Elizabethan England, when packs of the hounds were used for hunting. Beagles are known to yowl, "talk" and just be friendly.FAMOUS BEAGLE: SnoopyFAMOUS FANS: Barry Manilow 06 of 10 DACHSHUND AKC The Dachshund comes from dogs bred in the 1400s to hunt badgers in Germany.FAMOUS FANS: Sharon Stone 07 of 10 BOXER AKC The boxer, originally developed in Germany for dog-fighting, got its name from its habit of standing on its hind legs and, well, boxing. Today's dogs are more wigglers than fighters.FAMOUS FANS: George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Justin Timberlake 08 of 10 BULLDOG AKC The bulldog started out baiting bulls in England. Now they just look tough.FAMOUS FANS: Adam Sandler, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz 09 of 10 POODLE AKC The poodle had a dainty image, but has its origins in Germany, where it retrieved game in water. Its name comes from the German word for puddle. Their hair doesn't shed, which makes them popular with those who have allergies.FAMOUS FANS: Ellen DeGeneres 10 of 10 SHIH TZU AKC The Shih Tzu is an ancient Chinese breed that's become popular as a lap dog.FAMOUS FANS: Betty White, Jane Seymour Check out our story on the AKC's list!