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Announcing Canada's Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2018

New breed makes its way onto the list while top 4 stay strong
  • Portuguese Water Dog makes Top 10 list for the first time ever recorded
  • French Bulldog reaches Top 5
  • Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and Poodle maintain their Top 4 spots
Toronto, January 18, 2019 - It’s that time of year again; The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), Canada’s primary registry for purebred dogs, is excited to announce the Top 10 Most Popular CKC dog breeds of 2018. 
It is of no surprise to dog lovers everywhere that yet again this year’s list of Most Popular CKC Dog Breeds is topped by the Labrador Retriever. This immensely popular indigenous Canadian breed has been leading the pack for over two decades. Close on its tail for the past six years running are the German Shepherd Dog in the #2 spot, the Golden Retriever in 3rd, and the Poodle in 4th.  
The underdog in years past, the French Bulldog has muscled its way up into 5th. These dogs have become increasingly popular due to their small stature and minimal grooming needs, making them the perfect sidekick for urban lifestyles, though they still love a great romp in the outdoors.  “The French Bulldog is comical, entertaining and dependably amiable,” states David Berrey, French Bulldog Fanciers of Canada President. "The first French Bulldog is the dog who gives you so much that the first is often the reason for the second French Bulldog. French Bulldogs are the smallest things to take up the most space in your heart and fills an emptiness you didn’t even know you had.” 
New this year is the addition of the Portuguese Water Dog to the list. Just barely squeaking by the Miniature Schnauzer to nab the number ten spot, this is the first time this breed has been featured on the top ten list as far back as our records go. With their addition to the list, Portuguese Water Dogs have shown they are not shy of the spotlight, or a little hard work. Portuguese Water Dogs are known for their stamina and intelligence, as well as being affectionate, loyal family members. 

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As CKC member and established Portuguese Water Dog  Breeder Donna Gottdenker states, “Portuguese Water Dogs are a breed full of character, humour, and have a very playful spirit. It should be remembered they are a working dog that needs mental stimulation, socialization, and training. With this done you will have a wonderful companion!”. Our own Prime Minister can attest to this fact, with the addition of Kenzie the Portuguese Water Dog to their family in 2016, following the example set by the former-US president Obama’s family who have two famous PWDs as well, Bo and Sunny. 
Without fail, every year the release of the Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds roster brings joy and excitement to dog lovers across the country. This list shows how dogs continue to be a big part of the Canadian life style.
“Dog’s are an integral part of our families and our lives,” says Lance Novak, Executive Director, Canadian Kennel Club. “It is our pleasure to continue to help Canadian dog owners on their journey to find a dog that fits their family and lifestyles. From choosing a breed to raising your dog, the Canadian Kennel Club is here to help every step of the way.” 

For information and support in helping you find a dog that’s right for you, visit To find your new best friend, be sure to check out available purebred puppies from CKC member breeders at   
About The Canadian Kennel Club
The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. As a non-profit organization, the CKC is dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada and promoting the knowledge and understanding of the benefits which dogs can bring to Canadian society.
The club includes almost 20,000 individual members and over 600 breed clubs across Canada. The Club registers purebred dogs, regulates dog shows and performance events, and speaks out on major issues concerning dog ownership and the health and welfare of dogs across Canada.
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Media Contact:
Sarah McDowell 
Senior Communications and Public Relations Specialist 
The Canadian Kennel Club
(416) 674-3697
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