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Living Large! Bigger Breeds Shake Up Top 10 On Most Popular List

(Wednesday, January 30, 2013)

–Lab Ties Poodle for the Longest Consecutive Reign at #1 and Bulldog Enters Top 5 –

Check out a Slideshow of the Top 10 Breeds at TODAY.COM

New York, NY – Proving that bigger really is better, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced today that the Bulldog has muscled its way into the top 5, becoming the fifth most popular dog in the U.S. according to AKC Registration Statistics, bumping the tiny Yorkshire Terrier into sixth place for the first time since 2003. The Golden Retriever also pushed its way back to the top, overtaking the Beagle for third place, and Rottweilers continued their climb up the top 10 list by taking ninth place away from the Dachshund, both adding to the bigger breed trend. Labrador Retriever lovers have again spoken – the playful, family friendly breed remains the number one most popular breed in the U.S. for the 22nd consecutive year, tying with the Poodle for the longest reign in the top spot.

"Bigger breeds are making their move," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The popularity of the pint-sized, portable pooch just gave way to a litter of larger breeds in the Top 10. These predictable, durable, steady breeds, like Labs and Goldens, are great with kids and offer the whole family more dog to love."

2012 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. 2011 Ranking
1. Labrador Retriever 1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog 2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Golden Retriever 3. Beagle
4. Beagle 4. Golden Retriever
5. Bulldog 5. Yorkshire Terrier
6. Yorkshire Terrier 6. Bulldog
7. Boxer 7. Boxer
8. Poodle 8. Poodle
9. Rottweiler 9. Dachshund
10. Dachshund 10. Rottweiler

 

Most Notable Dog Trends in 2012 Include:

 

In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of recognized breeds on January 1 to include the Chinook and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, growing AKC's family to 177 breeds.

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Add to your story with a list of AKC trivia questions based on this year's ranking or book an interview with an AKC Spokesperson by contacting Jessica Rice at 212-696-8346 or jxr3@akc.org. Photos from the press conference, including those representing the top five breeds, are also available upon request to members of the press.]

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