When choosing the perfect dog breed, many qualities need to be considered: Do you want a low maintenance dog like the dachshund? Or do you prefer a gentle giant like the Saint Bernard? While some prospective pet owners value size and grooming considerations, others value breed uniqueness the most.
For those seeking a rare or uncommon breed, the data analysts at PetBreeds, a pet research site powered by Graphiq, found the least popular purebreds in 2016 (the most recent data available).
Each year, the American Kennel Club uses registration data to rank the 189 breeds by popularity. While some breeds like the Kuvasz and the Ibizan hound haven’t been able to break into the top 100 most popular breeds for quite some time, others like the English setter just recently dropped in popularity.
Just because certain pups are unpopular does not mean that they won’t be a great addition to your home. Some dogs experience low popularity due to the sheer number of the breed available. The otterhound, for example, is one of the most endangered dog breeds in the world; therefore, fewer Americans own this breed, resulting in a low popularity ranking — No. 166 in 2016.
From the curly-coated retriever to the Skye terrier, these are the least popular purebreds in America.
#89. Wire Fox Terrier