What dog breeds are falling in popularity?


The Spanish Water Dog, a breed falling in popularity in the U.S.
The Spanish Water Dog, a breed falling in popularity in the U.S. Provided

From flip phones to Livestrong bracelets to Pet Rocks, you can’t expect all trends to stick around. The same is true for dog breeds. While some breeds, like the Australian terrier or the rat terrier, grew more popular over the last year, others have not fared so well.

The data team at PetBreeds, a part of the Graphiq network, used the latest data from the American Kennel Club to compare the ranks of featured dogs from 2014 to 2015 to find the breeds that tumbled in popularity over the course of the year. Finally, we ranked them from smallest to largest change in rank.

Note: Ties were listed based on 2015 AKC rankings.

#10. Pharaoh Hound

Decrease in Rank: 7
Rank in 2015: 171
Rank in 2014: 164

It isn’t hard to identify a pharaoh hound, with its large, pointed ears and long face. While the breed is one of the oldest domesticated dogs in history, it still sits low on the popularity chart, ranking at No. 171 in 2015.

#10. English Setter

Decrease in Rank: 7
Rank in 2015: 96
Rank in 2014: 89

The English setter is gentle and affectionate, moderately easy to train and great with kids. From 2014 to 2015, however, it dropped from No. 89 to No. 96.

#9. Field Spaniel

Decrease in Rank: 8
Rank in 2015: 145
Rank in 2014: 137

The field spaniel is known for its level-headedness and perseverance, though it fell eight spots from 2014 to 2015.

#7. American English Coonhound

Decrease in Rank: 10
Rank in 2015: 166
Rank in 2014: 156

After falling 10 spots from 2014 to 2015, the American English coonhound ranked at No. 166 in 2015.

#7. Chinese Crested

Decrease in Rank: 10
Rank in 2015: 75
Rank in 2014: 65

You can find the Chinese crested in two varieties, hairless or powderpuff. The breed is now ranked at No. 75, while in 2014 it scored the rank of 65.

#6. Cirneco dell'Etna

Decrease in Rank: 45
Rank in 2015: 162
Rank in 2014: 117

The Cirneco dell'Etna, a breed that dropped to No. 162, is an Italian breed known for its ability to hunt and track well.

#5. Wirehaired Vizsla

Decrease in Rank: 49
Rank in 2015: 156
Rank in 2014: 107

The wirehaired vizsla, a dog breed native to Hungary, is known for its keen ability to hunt. It fell 49 ranks from 2014 to 2015.

#3. Spanish Water Dog

Decrease in Rank: 54
Rank in 2015: 167
Rank in 2014: 113

The Spanish water dog, the only breed recognized by the AKC in 2015, fell 54 spots from 2014 to 2015.

#3. Coton de Tuléar

Decrease in Rank: 54
Rank in 2015: 85
Rank in 2014: 31

Down 54 spots in the AKC ranking, this adorable pup is known for its cheerful disposition and intelligence.

#2. Boerboel

Decrease in Rank: 62
Rank in 2015: 126
Rank in 2014: 64

This giant purebred is easy to train, but has a somewhat shorter lifespan than other breeds its size — Boerboels are expected to live 10 to 12 years.

#1. Bergamasco

Decrease in Rank: 78
Rank in 2015: 174
Rank in 2014: 96

Bergamascos are Italian dogs known for being great family dogs. Their unique rag-like coat is hypoallergenic, sheds minimally and requires very little grooming.