There are thousands of different breeds of dogs, but only about 200 are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Most people don’t realize that there are more than 200 breeds of dogs. The AKC recognizes about 190 purebred dog breeds, and there are countless mixed-breed dogs as well. In fact, the AKC estimates that there are 500 million dogs in the U.S., and many of them don’t belong to any breed at all.
But even though most Americans have never heard of all these different types of dogs, they’re out there — if you know where to look.
So how many different breeds of dogs are there? Well, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), they recognize 190 purebred dog breeds (that’s 1/3 of all recognized dog breeds worldwide) plus another 11 that are currently under review for potential recognition as a standard AKC breed.
There are more than 200 different breeds of dogs, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Some are very rare, while others are so common they’re practically household pets.
The breeds below are all considered part of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America, as ranked by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The AKC is the largest registry for purebred dogs in the world. It’s important to note that these rankings don’t include mixed-breed or shelter dogs — just purebreds registered with the AKC for at least three years.
If you have any questions about any of these popular dog breeds, or if you have a different breed in mind and want to know more about it, please ask away!
How Many Different Breeds Of Dogs Are There
There are over 400 different breeds of dogs in the world. The list below shows the most popular dog breeds in the United States, according to AKC registration statistics.
Most Popular Dog Breeds in the United States
There are about 500 different breeds of dogs. Some are popular, others are not. All of them have their own unique characteristics and history.
A breed is a group of animals that have similar characteristics due to breeding, such as size and color. A breed is a group of animals that have similar characteristics due to breeding, such as size and color. For example, Labrador retrievers are all similar because they’ve been bred by humans to look the same way.
Some dogs belong to more than one breed because they’ve been bred from two different types of dogs. For example, golden retrievers are part retriever and part setter (another type of dog).
There are thousands of different breeds of dogs, but they fall into seven main groups — sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding.
Sporting dogs include pointers and setters; hounds include beagles and bloodhounds; working dogs include border collies and German shepherds; terriers include Jack Russell terriers and Airedale terriers; toys include Chihuahuas and poodles; non-sporting dogs include Dachshunds, bulldogs and Boston terriers; and herding dogs include collies.