Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Houston’s top spot in the 2016 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.
“The French Bulldog came to play with the big breeds this year in Houston” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “Breaking into the city’s top five this year, the Frenchie is great for a variety of people like the other four breeds ranked alongside it.”
Houston’s Top 5 Breeds for 2016
* Registration data pulled from Houston zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
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