French Bulldog Reigns Supreme Once Again in San Francisco

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Once again, the French Bulldog took San Francisco’s top spot in the 2016 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The French Bulldog was also recognized as the #1 pup in New York City and West Palm Beach.

New to San Francisco’s top 10 in 2016 was the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, up from 14th to 7th. Poodles overtook Pembroke Welsh Corgis to round out the top five.

“The nation’s love for French Bulldogs is evident in San Francisco,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “The playful, smart breed tops the charts in the City by the Bay for the second year in a row.”

San Francisco’s Top 5 Breeds for 2016

1. French Bulldog

2. Labrador Retriever

3. Golden Retriever

4. Bulldog

5. Poodle

* Registration data pulled from San Francisco’s zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

True to the diversity of San Francisco, there were notable favorites among the city’s distinct neighborhoods:

  • Soma: French Bulldog
  • Castro: Golden Retriever
  • Portrero: Golden Retriever
  • Pacific Heights: French Bulldog
  • Nopa: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Nob Hill: French Bulldog
  • The Mission: French Bulldog

We also announced our nationwide rankings today in a press conference at our new pet care space, AKC Canine Retreat. The intelligent, family friendly Labrador Retriever firmly holds on to the number one spot on the most popular list for a record-breaking 26th consecutive year.

While the Labrador Retriever continues its reign as America’s dog, the Rottweiler has been slowly but surely rising up the list over the past decade. The confident, loyal and loving Rottie was the eighth most popular breed in the nation in 2016, its highest ranking since landing at number two in 1997. The Rottweiler has risen nine spots over the past decade and is poised for a comeback.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2016

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog

3. Golden Retriever

4. Bulldog

5. Beagle

Learn more about all of the AKC-recognized breeds here. And for the list of the top 10 most popular breeds in America click here.

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