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San Francisco Loves Smushed Faces!

As interesting as I find the most-popular breed list, I know the types of dogs we see in cities around the country can vary . . . a lot. IMO, the bigger the city, the smaller the dog — housing is tight in cities like NYC and SF and many leasing companies have size restrictions. As if they were reading my mind, this year the AKC released lists of the top registered purebreds in the 50 largest US cities. Of course, I clicked on San Francisco right off the bat . . . and hooray! Boston Terriers hit the list in one very special city, none other than Fog City! Now I can't take credit as North is registered in NYC, but I'm happy to know that he has lots of smushed-face pals in playgroup. On our top 10, nearly all of those breeds were represented as Bulldogs, Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers made the list! If you want to learn more and see all the results, just


Nationwide, the Bulldog was the biggest shocker entering the country's top 10 list for the first time in 75 years and even Boxers moved up a spot to number six. However, the statistic that jumped out at me was the 404 percent increase in the popularity of the French Bulldog over the past decade — way to go Annabelle!

San Francisco's Top Dogs

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Yorkshire Terrier
  3. Poodle
  4. Golden Retriever (tied with Poodle)
  5. Bulldog
  6. Dachshund
  7. Pug
  8. French Bulldog
  9. Maltese
  10. Boston Terrier

What dogs are most common in your backyards, I'd love to hear from you!


d-purple-1 d-purple-1 9 years
Boxers rule! i'm surprised that Boxers did not make the top ten. there are at least 8 in our neighborhood.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I want a Maltese.:)
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
Pit Bulls & Pit Bull mixes are big in Baltimore because of rescues. So are Greyhounds.
tinkersfolly tinkersfolly 9 years
I have a pug even though I live in SC. They are great dogs, with personalities like no other. Wouldn't trade mine for any other dog.
Veekore Veekore 9 years
surprising that labs are number one in the city...they usually need some room to run around.
raieven raieven 9 years
Cool news, thanks :)
pugglelover pugglelover 9 years
I love smushed faces! That's why I have two puggles that rule my house cuz they are so damn cute it's hard for me to punish them!
twoqtdmpls79 twoqtdmpls79 9 years
I have a Victorian Bulldog and she's the best!! Yay for smushfaces!!! :D
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
My bro in law has a pure bred English Bulldog, and he will never ever get another one, horrible health issues.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I love smushed faces too! Awww they're the cutest!!!
Alekxandra Alekxandra 9 years
Smooshed faces are the best! But in my area, we've got many a labrador retriever... I've even got a beautiful male puppy! I'm glad to see poodles on the list as well... I've got two myself, and I always see people carrying them around here as well. Not enough Pugs, though, imo. They need more love!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
Boston's are so cute. My grandmother did Boston rescues. She always had at least two dogs at a time. I'm so glad I have her love of animals.
mfern64 mfern64 9 years
There's nothing cuter than smushed faces and wrinkles.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I am not supposed to but I end up driving a bus loads of "pug club" members to their weekly social at the park in Pac Heights. I never knew their were so many pugs in SF until I got that bus line.
karebear25 karebear25 9 years
This was a very interesting news. Thanks.
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