This Is the Least Popular Dog Breed in the U.S., Data Shows

Dogs may be man's best friend, but some are nearer and dearer to our hearts than others. 

Dogs and humans have had a special centuries-long bond, earning them the reputation of "man's best friend." Yet according to the international research and analytics group YouGov, that doesn't stop Americans from having clear preferences about which canine companions they like best—and least.

To find out which dogs are most and least popular, YouGov rounded up labeled images of 193 dog breeds and asked 2,541 Americans to say which of two breeds they preferred in series of 10 head-to-head match-ups. Looking at the results of the nearly 25,500 match-ups, the researchers determined a "win percentage" for each breed, which represents the frequency with which Americans preferred it to the other dog it was matched up against. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labrador Retrievers landed the coveted spot of most popular dog breed in America, taking home 83 percent of the wins in its match-ups, while Golden Retrievers followed close behind with 78 percent. But other dogs were less favored, having won far less often. Read on to find out which dog breeds are the least popular in the U.S., according to the YouGov data—and which breed is America's absolute least favorite.

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Lhasa Apso

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Win percentage: 39 percent

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Briard

Briard dog
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Win percentage: 38 percent

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Spinoni Italian

Spinoni Italian
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Win percentage: 38 percent

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Whippet

Whippet dog running
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Win percentage: 38 percent

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Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux dog breed
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Win percentage: 37 percent

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Irish Wolfhound

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Win percentage: 37 percent

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Miniature Bull Terrier

Mini Bull Terrier
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Win percentage: 36 percent

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Skye Terrier

Skye terrier
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Win percentage: 36 percent

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Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and tan coonhound dog breed
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Win percentage: 35 percent

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Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hounds running
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Win percentage: 35 percent

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Shih Tzu

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Win percentage: 35 percent

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Chihuahua

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Win percentage: 34 percent

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Irish Water Spaniel

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Win percentage: 34 percent

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Poodle

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Win percentage: 34 percent

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Bull Terrier

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Win percentage: 33 percent

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Chinese Shar-Pei

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Win percentage: 33 percent

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Greyhound

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Win percentage: 33 percent

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Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin dog breed
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Win percentage: 33 percent

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Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog)

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Win percentage: 33 percent

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Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon
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Win percentage: 32 percent

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Field Spaniel

Field spaniel
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Win percentage: 32 percent

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American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier
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Win percentage: 31 percent

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Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher
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Win percentage: 30 percent

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Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound
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Win percentage: 30 percent

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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier
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Win percentage: 29 percent

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Cirneco dell'Etna

Cirneco dell'etna dog breed
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Win percentage: 29 percent

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Saluki

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Win percentage: 29 percent

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Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound
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Win percentage: 28 percent

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Lowchen

Lowchen
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Win percentage: 28 percent

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Sloughi

Sloughi dog breed
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Win percentage: 28 percent

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Afghan Hound

Afghan hound
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Win percentage: 27 percent

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Komondor

Komondor
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Win percentage: 26 percent

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Pekingese

Pekingese fluffiest dog breeds

Win percentage: 26 percent

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Puli

Puli
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Win percentage: 26 percent

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Azawakh

Azawakh dog running
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Win percentage: 25 percent

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Borzoi

Borzois dog breed
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Win percentage: 21 percent

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Chinese Crested

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Win percentage: 17 percent

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Lauren Gray
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