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This year, the French Bulldog took West Palm Beach’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, Honolulu, and San Fransisco.

The big mover and shaker in 2016 was the Great Dane. The gentle giant made a substantial jump from 31st in 2015 to 5th in 2016. The French Bulldog overtook the Golden Retriever for the top spot, going from 3rd to 1st.

“The French Bulldog has muscled its way into the top spot in West Palm Beach,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “The playful, affectionate Frenchie is very adaptable and makes a great companion for a variety of people.”

West Palm Beach’s Top 5 Breeds for 2016

1. French Bulldog

2. Golden Retriever

3. German Shepherd Dog

4. Labrador Retriever

5. Great Dane

* Registration data pulled from West Palm Beach 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

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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