There is something special and lovable about every dog breed. But what breeds are the most popular in the United States? Here’s the latest poll results from the American Kennel Club (AKC®), the nation’s largest purebred dog registry:
The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced this year that the intelligent, family friendly Lab holds tight to the number one spot on the most popular list for the 26th consecutive year, continuing the longest reign as the nation’s top dog in AKC history.
While the Lab holds strong, the Bulldog has quietly crept up the list, landing this year at number four for the first time — its highest ranking in breed history. This gentle breed makes an excellent family companion with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs.
Meanwhile, the popular French Bulldog continues its quest for the number one spot, breaking into the top 10 for the first time in nearly 100 years this year at number nine. The Dachshund was knocked out of the top 10 this year for the first time since 1985, landing at number 11.
“The Labrador Retriever has a strong hold on the top spot, and doesn’t show signs of giving it up anytime soon,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “The Lab is such a versatile dog that it’s no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles. Keep your eye on the Rottweiler, though. It’s been quietly winning hearts over the past decade.”
See below for AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds in 2016, along with the 2015 comparison:
2016 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. 2015 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. 1. Labrador Retriever 1. Labrador Retriever 2. German Shepherd Dog 2. German Shepherd Dog 3. Golden Retriever 3. Golden Retriever 4. Bulldog 4. Bulldog 5. Beagle 5. Beagle 6. French Bulldog 6. French Bulldog 7. Poodle 7. Yorkshire Terrier 8. Rottweiler 8. Poodle 9. Yorkshire Terrier 9. Rottweiler 10. Boxer 10. Boxer
SRC: View the complete post and full list of rankings here: www.akc.org/news/the-most-popular-dog-breeds-in-america/