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The Labrador Retriever has done it again. The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced today that the intelligent, family friendly breed holds tight to the number one spot on the most popular list for the 24th consecutive year, continuing the longest reign as the nation’s top dog in AKC history.
While the Lab holds strong, the Bulldog has quietly crept up the list, landing this year at number four for the first time – its highest ranking in breed history. This gentle breed makes an excellent family companion with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs.
Meanwhile, the popular French Bulldog continues its quest for the number one spot, breaking into the top 10 for the first time in nearly 100 years this year at number nine. The Dachshund was knocked out of the top 10 this year for the first time since 1985, landing at number 11.
“The Lab truly is America’s dog,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo, “but the lovable Bulldog breeds are clamoring to dominate. Watch out for an upset next year.”
America’s most popular aren’t the only movers and shakers. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (aka “the 4-wheel drive of hunting dogs”) made huge strides over the past decade, jumping 38 spots from 112th in 2004 to 74th in 2014. Other breeds making double-digit gains over the past decade include the Havanese (from 52nd in 2004 to 25th in 2014), the Border Collie (from 60th in 2004 to 39th in 2014), the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (from 118th in 2004 to 96th in 2014), and the Black and Tan Coonhound (from 140th in 2004 to 120th in 2014).
See below for AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds in 2014, along with the 2013 comparison:
|2014 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.||2013 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.|
|1. Labrador Retriever||1. Labrador Retriever|
|2. German Shepherd Dog||2. German Shepherd Dog|
|3. Golden Retriever||3. Golden Retriever|
|5. Beagle||5. Bulldog|
|6. Yorkshire Terrier||6. Yorkshire Terrier|
|7. Poodle||7. Boxer|
|8. Boxer||8. Poodle|
|9. French Bulldog||9. Rottweiler|
|10. Rottweiler||10. Dachshund|
View photos of the most popular breeds HERE.
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