As I noted in an earlier post, there are approximately 75 million dogs in the U.S.
Every year about 7 million new dogs are acquired in the U.S. to replace those that die from disease, old age or accident.
Of these 7 million new dogs, approximately 53 percent are crossbreeds or mongrels, and approximately 47 percent are "pure breeds".
|More than half of all U.S. dogs are mixed breeds.|
To put a number on it, that works out to be approximately 3,710,000 dogs of mixed ancestry, and approximately 3,290,000 dogs that are pure breeds.
In 2006, to pick a year, the American Kennel Club registered 870,192 pure bred dogs. To put it another way, AKC registrations represented about 26 percent of pure bred dogs and about 12 percent of all dogs acquired that year. Since 2006, AKC registrations have continued to decline dramatically, and it's reported they are now under 500,000. Since 2006, the AKC has not, so far as I can tell, published counts by breed.
|About a quarter of pure breed dogs are AKC-registered|
Of the 870,192 pure bred dogs registered by the AKC in 2006, the top 10 breeds represented 51.7 percent of all dogs registered (449,689 dogs), while the bottom 50 breeds represented less than 1.2 percent of all dogs registered (9,868 dogs)
|More than half of all AKC dogs are in the top 10 breeds.|
The bottom 50 breeds sum to 1.2 percent of AKC-registered dogs.
Top Ten Breeds in 2006
- Retrievers (Labrador) 123,760
- Yorkshire Terriers 48,346
- German Shepherd Dogs 43,575
- Retrievers (Golden) 42,962
- Beagles 39,484
- Dachshunds 36,033
- Boxers 35,388
- Poodles 29,939
- Shih Tzu 27,282
- Miniature Schnauzers 22,920