Statistics of dog licenses issued around the country, released by the American Kennel Club (AKC), reveal the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. Below is a list of the most common household dogs specific to the Portland area, along with the number of official licenses issued for each.

1. Labrador Retriever (24,662)
2. Chihuahua (11,284)
3. Golden Retriever (6,701)
4. German Shepherd (6,576)
5. Dachshund (6,376)
6. Australian Shepherd (5,358)
7. Poodle (5,139)
8. Border Collie (3,971)
9. Terrier (3,795)
10. Shih Tzu (3,498)

The Labrador is the most popular dog not only in Portland, but also nationwide. According to the AKC, labs have been the most common dog breed in the U.S. for the last 24 consecutive years.

In 2014, there were over twice as many labs in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Clark counties than the second-place breed, Chihuahuas.

Chihuahuas are more popular in Oregon than they are elsewhere in the U.S.— coming in second in Oregon, they are only ranked 24th nationally.

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