The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club's 2014 list of registrations. The Labrador Retriever belongs to the sporting group and is known for its friendly, playful personality. It is found in three coat colors: black, chocolate and yellow.
The second most popular breed is the German Shepherd Dog. This breed from the herding group is extremely receptive to training, fiercely loyal and often used as a police dog.
The Golden Retriever holds the third spot on the most popular list. The Golden Retriever is lauded as one of the most ideal family dogs, and it is easily recognized by its distinctive yellow coat. It belongs to the sporting group.
Next in line is the Bulldog, a member of the non-sporting group that is rapidly climbing the popularity list. Despite the tenacious nature of their name, these dogs typically have gentle personalities and lap dog dispositions.
The Beagle is fifth in popularity and belongs to the hound group. These scent hounds are carefree dogs with lovable temperaments and an easily recognized coat pattern.
Rounding out the top 10 most popular breeds in the United States are the Yorkshire Terrier, the Poodle, the Boxer, the French Bulldog and the Rottweiler.