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American Kennel Club Announces Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

(Wednesday, January 26, 2011)

Lab Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary in the Top Spot,
While the Bulldog Continues Its Ascent to Reign Supreme in the Dog World

The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced its nationwide registration statistics today, revealing that for the 20th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in America.

This year’s list included some shakeups in the top 10 – the Beagle overtook the Golden Retriever for the 4th spot and the Bulldog, who has been steadily rising up in rank, took 6th place away from the Boxer, who dropped to 7th in 2010.

"Not since the early 20th Century has the Bulldog enjoyed such sustained popularity," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "‘Bob’ was the first AKC registered Bulldog in 1886, and today the breed enjoys its highest ranking in 100 years at number 6."

2010 Most Popular
Dogs in the U.S.

2009 Ranking

1. Labrador Retriever

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog

2. German Shepherd Dog

3. Yorkshire Terrier

3. Yorkshire Terrier

4. Beagle

4. Golden Retriever

5. Golden Retriever

5. Beagle

6. Bulldog

6. Boxer

7. Boxer

7. Bulldog

8. Dachshund

8. Dachshund

9. Poodle

9. Poodle

10. Shih Tzu

10. Shih Tzu

Most Notable Dog Trends On This Year’s List Include:

  • The French Bulldog made the largest leap in the past decade, jumping 50 places from 71st to 21st. Other breeds with the biggest increase in rankings over the last decade include the Havanese (from 86th to 31st) and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (from 54th to 23rd).
  • Closing the gap this year, a couple of breeds that had been on the decline over the past decade made double digit increases over the past year -- Keeshonden (from 102nd to 87th) and Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (from 115th to 109th).
  • Three new breeds entered AKC’s registry in 2010, and the larger the breed, the higher they appeared in the rankings. The Leonberger, the largest of the new breeds, was ranked 33rd; the Cane Corso ranked 51st; and the smallest of the new breeds, the Icelandic Sheepdog, came in at 82nd.

In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of registered breeds on January 1 to welcome the Norwegian Lundehund, the Xoloitzcuintli and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog - growing next year’s list of Most Popular Breeds to 170 dogs.

For more information on finding a responsible breeder in your area, go to http://www.akc.org/breederinfo/breeder_search.cfm.

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: Add to your story with a list of AKC trivia questions based on this years ranking or book an interview with an AKC Spokesperson by contacting Christina Duffney-Carey at (212) 696-8344 or cmd@akc.org. Photos from the press conference, including those representing the top five breeds and AKC’s new breeds, are also available upon request to members of the press.]