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!