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This year, the German Shepherd Dog took Miami’s top spot in the 2016 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The German Shepherd Dog was also recognized as the #1 pup in Detroit and Albany (NY).

The German Shepherd Dog took the top spot back from the French Bulldog this year, as the two traded places from 2015. The Poodle jumped to 10th this year, after being 11th last year.

“After a year off from being the top dog in Miami, the German Shepherd Dog regained its crown as the most popular breed in Miami.” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “Though they took 2nd this year, the Frenchie is still hot on the trail of the GSD’s status as Miami’s most popular breed.”

Miami’s Top 5 Breeds for 2016

1. German Shepherd Dog

2. French Bulldog

3. Labrador Retriever

4. Dachshund

5. Golden Retriever

* Registration data pulled from Miami 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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