No one can keep the Lab down! The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced at a virtual press conference today at the AKC Museum of the Dog that the ever-popular Labrador Retriever is the nation’s favorite dog for the 31st consecutive year.
While the loveable Lab remains a constant at the top of the charts, the Poodle has pawed its way back into the top five, bumping the perennial favorite Bulldog out for the first time in almost a decade. The Bulldog has been a fixture among the top five most popular breeds since 2012. This is the first time the Poodle has been back in the top five since 1997.
“The versatile, family-friendly Labrador Retriever has solidified itself as America’s dog,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “With their loving, outgoing personality and eager-to-please attitude, it’s no surprise that the Lab has been able to continue its record-breaking run as the most popular breed in the U.S. As always, we encourage people to do their research to make sure they are not just getting a purebred dog, but most importantly a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder.”
Other movers and shakers in 2021 include the Flat-Coated Retriever, which jumped 10 spots year over year (#102 in 2020 and #93 in 2021). Making a comeback over the past decade are Cane Corso (#68 in 2011 and #21 in 2021), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (#93 in 2011 and #60 in 2021), Giant Schnauzers (#96 in 2011 and #65 in 2021), Xoloitzcuintli (#156 in 2011 and #119 in 2021), Beaucerons (#145 in 2011 and #121 in 2021) and Sealyham Terriers (#164 in 2011 and #139 in 2021).
Enjoy dogs on Instagram? Here’s where some of social media’s favorites fall on the list: Pembroke Welsh Corgi (#11), Yorkshire Terrier (#13), Siberian Husky (#19) and Pug (#33).
See below for AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds in 2021, along with the 2020 comparison:
|2021 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.||2020 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.|
|1. Labrador Retriever||1. Labrador Retriever|
|2. French Bulldog||2. French Bulldog|
|3. Golden Retriever||3. German Shepherd Dog|
|4. German Shepherd Dog||4. Golden Retriever|
|5. Poodle||5. Bulldog|
|6. Bulldog||6. Poodle|
|7. Beagle||7. Beagle|
|8. Rottweiler||8. Rottweiler|
|9. German Shorthaired Pointer||9. German Shorthaired Pointer|
Learn more about America’s most popular breed, the Labrador Retriever, HERE.
View photos of the most popular breeds HERE.