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AKC Museum of the Dog Celebrates 10 Most Popular Breeds


Press release: The American Kennel Club

Number one in our hearts! The AKC Museum of the Dog is pleased to announce its newest exhibit. “Top Dogs” celebrates the American Kennel Club’s 10 most popular breeds. This exhibit will open May 5 and will run through August 29, 2021.

The exhibition takes a close look at the top ten most popular breeds, examines their histories, and speculates what exactly about them captures the hearts and minds of so many Americans.

The breeds featured in the exhibition include the Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Poodle, Beagle, Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer, and Dachshund. Some of the breeds are veterans of the most popular list, like the Labrador Retriever that’s been the most popular breed for the last three decades; while others have grown over the years, like the French Bulldog that has secured the number two spot for the first time ever.

“There’s a reason these breeds have consistently remained popular for many years,” said Executive Director Alan Fausel. “Whether it’s their temperament, their stamina, or companionship, they’ve stood the test of time. In the same way that music and fashion trends change over time, it’s always nice to see what breeds become popular with the next generation of dog lovers.”

A free virtual tour of the exhibit will also be available on the Museum’s website shortly after the exhibit’s opening. Those who wish to view the exhibit in person can do so at 101 Park Avenue in New York City, while adhering to all COVID-19 and social distancing protocols.

Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. The museum is home to over 700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man’s best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations.

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