Which do you prefer, cats or dogs? If you picked dogs, you’re in the majority: 74% of adults say they prefer dogs, while only 41% of adults say the same about cats, according to a survey by The Associated Press. That’s not to say that dogs are inherently better than their feline friends. Evolutionarily, cats have actually been more successful, with superior hunting skills to survive even when food is scarce. On the other hand, science suggests that dogs are smarter than cats because their cerebral cortex contains twice as many neurons.
There may never be a straight answer, but for the majority who prefer man’s best friend, Stacker has compiled a list of the top 35 dog breeds with the most timeless popularity. Using data from the American Kennel Club, we’ve averaged each breed’s popularity level in 1940 with its popularity in 2021. This analysis excludes any new breeds introduced since 1940 and is based on data released March 15 2022, the most recent data available. All ties were decided by the highest ranked breed in 2021.
Different breeds have become famous for a variety of reasons, such as Welsh Corgis, the Queen’s favorite dog breed, or Dalmatians, whose popularity skyrocketed when the 1996 film “101 Dalmatians” hit theaters.
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