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German Shepherd: Most Popular Dog Breed, 1925 to 1936

German Shepherd on the Mountain

Most Popular Breeds of Dogs

This section, regarding popular breeds of dogs, is based on total registration for the particular breed with the American Kennel Club. Slightly different conclusions might be drawn from annual registrations. And, of course, we don’t have the numbers for dogs that are not registered.

Between 1915 and 1940, American Kennel Club statistics were collected every five years, instead of yearly. Between 1905 and 1935 the Boston Terrier was consistently either first or second place.

German Shepherds 1925 - 1936

In 1925, based on the popularity of Rin Tin Tin, German Shepherds became the most popular dog in the U.S., holding their first place position until 1936. Rin Tin Tin was a canine hero featured in stories on the radio, in film, and on television.

German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin as a Pup with soldier-rescuer.
Just before the end of World War I, an American soldier serving in France found a few surviving puppies in a bombed out kennel in France. The soldier, Lee Duncan, named one of the puppies Rin Tin Tin, after a puppet called Rintintin that French children gave to the American soldiers for good luck.

Rin Tin Tin returned at the war’s end with Duncan to his home in Los Angeles, California. In 1922 at a Shepherd Dog Club of America show, Rin Tin Tin amazed everyone with his ability to jump 11 feet 9 inches.”

Rin Tin Tin Jumping a Fence

Rin Tin Tin in the Movies

Following the show, a man named Charles Jones approached Lee Duncan and asked if he could try out his new camera that made moving pictures. Novograph Pictures Company purchased Jones' film and offered Duncan $350 to make further films of Rin TinTin in action. Duncan accepted and knew at that moment there could be a future for him and his dog in films.” Rin Tin Tin’s first starring role was in 1923's “Where The North Begins.” This film was a huge success and has often been credited with saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy. This film was a silent movie, but Rin Tin Tin went on to play in the “talkies.”

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Cocker Spaniels reigned number one for years.

Most Popular Breeds of Dogs 1937 - 1990

American Cocker Spaniels were the most popular dog in the United States from 1937 all the way through to 1951.

The most famous beagle, Snoopy.
In 1952 the Beagle became the number one dog, and remained in first place until 1959. The Beagle’s ascent to first place in popularity was probably associated with the advent of the Peanuts cartoon strip, with Snoopy, the beagle. Snoopy made his first appearance in the strip in October 1950, two days after the Peanuts cartoon strip began.

Snoopy is shown interacting with all of the neighborhood kids, similar to the dog Pete in the Our Gang comedies. This was back in the day where it was accepted for owners to let their dogs roam their neighborhood and play with the neighborhood children, with the dogs and the children returning to their respective homes when evening came.
Poodle with ball in his mouth.

Poodles became the most popular breed in 1960, reigning for the next twenty-two years until 1982. The Poodle originated in Germany, where it is called the Pudel. The English word "poodle" comes from the German word “pudel” or ‘puddeln,” which means “to splash in the water.” The breed was standardized in France, where it was commonly used as a retriever.

Kennel clubs, including the American Kennel Club, generally recognize three sizes, standard, miniature, and toy, as sizes for poodles. Some kennel clubs recognize four sizes - standard, medium, miniature, and toy.

In 1982 the
American Cocker Spaniel re-took first place in popularity and held it until 1990.

Black labrador retriever.

The Labrador Retriever - #1 Since 1991

The Labrador is an exceptionally popular dog. In the last several years the Labrador Retriever has been the breed with the largest number of annual registration at the American Kennel Club (USA), the Canadian Kennel Club, and Australian National Kennel Council.

Most Popular Breed in the World

In both the United States and the United Kingdom there are twice as many Labradors registered as the next most popular breed. If the comparison is limited to dog breeds of a similar size, then there are around 3 - 5 times as many Labradors registered in both countries as the next most popular breeds, the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever.

Labrador Retrievers as Assistance Dogs

Yellow LabradorLabrador Retrievers are the most popular breed of assistance dog in the United States, Australia and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other organizations because of their detection and working abilities.

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