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Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Raleigh’s top spot in the 2016 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The Lab was also recognized as the #1 pup in Houston, Kansas City, and Denver.

The Havanese was a big mover and shaker in Raleigh, breaking into the top 10 at number seven. Golden Retrievers overtook German Shepherd Dogs for the number two spot, pushing the GSD to third.

“Raleigh’s love of Labs is unwavering,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “But watch out for the Havanese. The outgoing little dog is pawing its way to the top.”

Raleigh’s Top 5 Breeds for 2016

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Golden Retriever

3. German Shepherd Dog

4. Beagle

5. Poodle

* Registration data pulled from Raleigh 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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