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Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Dallas’ top spot in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 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 Chicago, Austin, and Raleigh, among others.

Yorkshire Terriers fell drastically in popularity this year in Dallas. The breed’s popularity ranking dropped 13 spots, landing at number 22, from 9th in 2015. Golden Retrievers rose up to 3rd, pushing German Shepherd Dogs down to 4th. German Shorthaired Pointers broke into the top ten in Dallas this year, landing at number ten.

“Labs remained Dallas’ most loved breed in 2016, with the Bulldog holding strongly onto second,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “Maybe next year the calm and courageous Bulldog will climb its way to the top.”

Dallas' Top 5 Breeds for 2016

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Bulldog

3. Golden Retriever

4. German Shepherd Dog

5. French Bulldog

* Registration data pulled from Dallas zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today in a press conference at its 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 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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