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Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Atlanta’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 Denver, Boston, and Seattle, among others.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have climbed the ranks in Atlanta, increasing from eighth to fifth. Boxers, Rottweilers and Yorkshire Terriers fell out of favor, all losing their place in the top ten in 2016. Similarly, Doberman Pinschers, Miniature Schnauzers and German Shorthaired Pointers have climbed the ranks, placing at 7th, 8th and 10th, respectively.

“There have been many changes in the top ten most popular breeds in Atlanta,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “The Labrador Retriever still holds strongly to the top spot, with the Golden Retriever right behind it.”

Atlanta’s Top 5 Breeds for 2016

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Golden Retriever

3. German Shepherd Dog

4. French Bulldog

5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

* Registration data pulled from Atlanta 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. While falling out of the top ten in Atlanta, 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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