Something to Chew On: American Kennel Club Dog Trivia

Test your knowledge of AKC’s most popular breeds!

Q. Which breed has the longest consecutive reign as the number 1 most popular dog in America?

    • Labrador Retriever
    • Poodle
    • Boston Terrier
    • Bulldog

A. To this day, the Poodle holds the record for being the most popular dog for 22 consecutive years (1960 – 1982).  Though often considered high maintenance due to its coat, the Poodle is actually one of the high achievers of the canine world. The breed is exceptionally smart, hardy and excels in obedience training.

Q. Which of the following was one of the original nine breeds registered with the AKC in 1884?

    1. Golden Retriever
    2. West Highland White Terrier
    3. English Setter
    4. Mastiff

A. One of the oldest gundog breeds, the English Setter was developed in England more than 400 years ago.  While the 1800s were the only decade that the English Setter reigned as the number one breed, it remained in the top ten for four decades, but hasn’t been in the top ten since the 1910s.

Q. What was the number one most popular dog breed of the 1920s?

  • Boston Terrier
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Scottish Terrier

A. Shortly after Rin Tin Tin was featured in the Warner Brothers film Man From Hell’s River (1922), the German Shepherd Dog became #1 in AKC registrations (1925-1928).  The breed is still extremely popular today.  While a favorite canine companion, GSDs are also hailed as the world’s leading police, guard, and military dog, and was the second most popular dog of 2011.

Q. Former President Bill Clinton’s dog Buddy is one of the most popular dogs in America.  What kind of dog is he?

    • Golden Retriever
    • Labrador Retriever
    • Yorkshire Terrier
    • Boxer

A. Named after former President Clinton’s great-uncle Henry Oren "Buddy" Grisham, Buddy the dog was a Chocolate Labrador Retriever.  The Clinton family brought Buddy home in 1997, shortly before the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, and he spent his puppyhood living in the White House.  It was joked that Buddy was President Clinton’s one loyal friend in Washington.  In 1991, the Labrador Retriever took over from the Cocker Spaniel and remains the leader of the pack today, having entered its 21st year as the number one most popular dog in 2011.

Q. Which of the top 10 most popular dogs enjoyed TV stardom on the sitcom Full House?

  • Poodle
  • Shih Tzu
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever

A. The Golden Retriever played the Tanner family’s pet dog, Comet, on the sitcom Full House.  Golden Retrievers, with their intelligence and eager to please attitude were the 4th most popular dog in 2011 and are consistently in the top 10.

Q. Which of the top 10 most popular dogs serves as the mascot for Yale University, Georgetown, University of Georgia, and the United States Marine Corps, among others?

    • Bulldog
    • Boxer
    • Labrador Retriever
    • Dachshund

A. The Bulldog, which has steadily risen up the ranks, remains the 6th most popular dog of 2011 for the second year in a row.  An extremely popular mascot for colleges and organizations, Yale was the first university in the U.S. to adopt a mascot, and its Bulldog “Handsome Dan” was established in the 1890s by a young man from Victorian England who attended the University.  University of Georgia’s “UGA” the Bulldog has served as its mascot since 1956.  Georgetown formally adopted “Jack” the Bulldog as its official mascot in 1962.

Q. What do “Uno,” the famous winner of the Westminster Dog Show, and former President Lyndon Johnson’s dogs “Him” and “Her” have in common?

  • They are all Scottish Terriers.
  • They are all Beagles.
  • They are all Cocker Spaniels.
  • They are all Labrador Retrievers.

A. All three famous dogs are Beagles.  The Beagle is the only breed to rank in the top 10 every year since its acceptance into the AKC registry in 1885, and has been shooting up the list.  The Beagle was the 3rd most popular dog in the U.S. in 2011.  Another famous Beagle, Snoopy, is the only non-living dog to receive AKC registration, and was also crowned the king of canines in “AKC’s Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture” poll.