The Labrador Retriever is America’s top dog once again! The Lab has held this honor for 23 straight years!
The lovable Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the US and we all know why. What’s not to love?
Labrador Retrievers have had the longest consecutive reign of any dog in the annual ranking compiled by the American Kennel Club. The list of the most popular dog breeds is based on the number of dog registrations across the country.
Second place went to the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever and then the Beagle.
Dog breeds that advanced in the rankings include the Doberman Pinscher, that overtook 20 other breeds to land 12th place, and the Great Dane, that jumped 11-places to end 16th.
Large breeds dominated the list. This is a testament to their growing popularity!
“Owning bigger breeds – an economic indicator of sorts – has been on the rise during the past five years,” said Lisa Peterson, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club.
“As the economy has improved, people are turning back to the big dogs they love, which cost more to feed and care for than the smaller breeds that saw a rise in popularity in 2007 and 2008,” during the financial crisis, she said in a telephone interview.
The English bulldog is the most popular breed in New York City.
The French bulldog gained ground by leaps and bounds, advancing three places to 11th on the national list, its highest ranking so far. “That’s a big jump. I haven’t seen anything like that in any breed,” Peterson said.
The breed has seen a 323 percent leap in registrations since 2003, according to the AKC. The club would not provide registration numbers. French bulldogs require minimal grooming and exercise, making them an ideal choice for owners in apartments and suburbs.
Rare breeds made a comeback after being in decline for a decade. Giant Schnauzers climbed 13 places.
The keeshond, a medium-size dog with a plush silver and black coat, advanced up 17 places.
The AKC announced its rankings in advance of next month’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show.