The dog breeds that are plummeting in popularity, according to data

Norwegian elkhounds

The spitz-type Norwegian elkhound is distinguished by its wolf-like appearance. Prospective owners should be advised that shedding is an unavoidable aspect of owning a dog of this breed because of its double coat.

Belgian sheepdogs

It takes a lot of activity to keep Belgian sheepdogs calm and content. This breed will work really hard for its owners, but if left alone for extended periods of time, it may exhibit problematic behavior.


Briards are members of the herding family and were initially raised in France to guard farmers' flocks. Because of the extra care and attention required for their long, coarse coats, the dogs may be losing favor today.

Sussex spaniels

Following the AKC's founding in 1884, the Sussex spaniel was one of the first ten breeds to get official recognition; its level of popularity has since declined. The breed is distinguished by its long stature, low body, and golden hue.


Although their popularity has declined since 1997, Chihuahuas remain the second most popular breed according to this ranking. Given their reputation for having a large attitude, Americans could be staying away from these dogs.

Italian greyhounds

Italian greyhounds are alert and lively lap dogs; they are the smaller, more slender counterparts of the larger greyhound. Families with young children will find them perfect due to their submissive nature.


Small dogs with wiry hair that belong to the toy group are called Affenpinschers. The French name for this breed, according to the AKC, is the "mustached little devil," probably due to its pinched face, wiry hair, and demonic disposition.