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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 Labrador Retriever was also recognized as the #1 pup in the country, along with multiple cities including Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Denver to name a few.

The French Bulldog jumped two spots into 4th, while the Boxer made its triumphant return to the top 10 after being ranked 11th in 2015.

“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

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Bulldog

3. German Shepherd Dog

4. French Bulldog

5. Golden Retriever

* 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

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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