“For help choosing the right dog for you, your family and your lifestyle, visit our dog breeds
page to review a list of questions that will help with your decision”
Our list of dog breeds is an alphabetical list of recognized AKC breeds for 2012 with links to pictures, details on size, color, temperament, health, training and more.
You may also want to visit our AKC Dog Breeds list that ranks purebred dogs by popularity based on AKC registration statistics.
Now in its 129th year, the American Kennel Club® (AKC) tracks registration statistics on purebred dogs. The list is updated every year based actual AKC registration statistics for new registrations.
Two new dog breeds were added to the AKC breeds list in 2012, denoted by an asterisk next to the name.
The Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound were officially recognized. The list below includes all 175 AKC breeds for 2012.
What’s the most popular dog breed? That hasn’t changed for years. While you might expect a lap dog, the Labrador Retriever has stood atop the popularity list for over a decade.
For information on designer dog breeds, hybrid dogs, hypoallergenic dogs (like a Poodle, Shih-Tzu or Yorkshire Terrier) or other specialty breeds, visit our information pages dedicated exclusively to those breeds.
For help choosing the right dog for you, your family and your lifestyle, visit our dog breeds page to review a list of questions that will help with your decision. Return to this list of dog breeds to learn more about individual breeds when you are ready.
NOTE: For more information on any of these dog breeds, click the breed name.
*Dog breeds with an asterisk indicate they were added to the AKC breeds list for the first time in 2012.
This alphabetical list of dog breeds includes only purebred dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club® (AKC). For information on designer dog breeds, hybrid dogs, hypoallergenic dogs and other mixed breeds, visit our information pages dedicated to those options.
The AKC also maintains a list of dog breeds considered purebred, but that are not currently registrable with the American Kennel Club. These dogs are accepted in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service®.