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No. 1 Breed:  Labrador Retriever:   This working breed, a noted hunting dog, was the most popular in the United States in 2004, with 146,692 individual dogs registered. The Lab was No. 1 in the United Kingdom and Canada in 2002.

No. 3 Breed: German Shepherd Dog:  This working breed, originally a herding dog, was third in popularity in 2004 with with 46,046 individual dogs registered. The GSD was No. 3 in the United Kingdom and Canada in 2002.

No. 23 Breed:  Pembroke Welsh Corgi:  This herding breed was No. 23 in popularity in the United States in 2004, with 11,230 individual dogs registered. The profile includes the related -- and rarer -- Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

No. 24 Breed:  Siberian Husky:  This working breed was No. 24 in popularity in the United States in 2004, with 10,566 individual dogs registered.

No. 48 Breed:   Bernese Mountain Dog:  This sturdy working dog was No. 48 in popularity in the USA in 2004, with 3,430 individual dogs registered. Its origins are as a cattle driving dog, draft dog and watch dog in Berne Canton, Switzerland.

No. 51 Breed:  Akita:  Listed among 14 ancient breeds, the Akita has long been a hunting dog in its native Japan. Learn about the FCI split into two breeds. No. 51 in the USA in 2004.

No. 61 Breed: Chow Chow:  This unique dog, listed among 14 ancient breeds,  has been a hunting dog, herding and guarding dog, and more in its native China, and is close genetically to other Asian breeds. No. 61 in the USA in 2004.

Ancient Breeds:  Genetic research published in 2004 listed 14 breeds as a cluster of ancient breeds with "genetic fingerprints" similar to those of wolves. The guide offers helpful resources on these breeds which include:

Afghan Hound
Akita Inu
Alaskan Malamute
Chow Chow
Lhasa Apso
Shar Pei
Shibu Inu
Shih Tzu
Siberian Husky
Tibetan Terrier

Learn more about the "genetic fingerprints"  for these and other purebred dogs.

Northern Dog Breeds:  These dogs, from the popular Siberian Husky to rare breeds, are presented as a group for those interested in exploring them in relationship to each other.  These breeds typically trace their history to northern Eurasia, but some are from North America or places like Iceland.  These breeds include the following, and more:

Akita Inu
Alaskan Malamute
Canadian Eskimo or
  Inuit Dog
Chow Chow
East Siberian Laika
Finnish Spitz
Greenland Dog or
  Greenland Eskimo Dog
Karelian Bear Dog
Norwegian Elkhound
Shibu Inu
Siberian Husky
West Siberian Laika
And many rare breeds from around the world.

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