Surprise, Surprise: the Labrador Is Again the Most Popular Breed in America

For the 27th year in a row, the Labrador is the most popular dog. And really, should it come as a surprise? The breed is not only loyal, but also fun-loving, friendly and outgoing. It is active and great with kids, making the breed perfect for families – or anyone, for that matter. Plus, it is often chosen to be a working dog — meaning they are picked to be service dogs, police K-9s and therapy pups.

The breed took over the top spot in 1991, after it knocked the Cocker Spaniel off the pedestal.

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Besides being the nation’s most beloved breed, the Labrador is no. 1 in a few cities, including, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

While the status for top-dog position remains unchanged, there was some movers and shakers in the top 10 ranking. French bulldogs jumped from position six to four, as more people are looking for a smaller breed to be part of their life. The switch-up pushed the beagle out of the top five – the first time since 1998. Also, the German Shorthaired Pointer inched into the top 10, knocking out the boxer. This could be in part due to the breed winning best in show at Westminster last year.

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The AKC reports that some rarer breeds (hence those low on the list) also shook things up. Norwegian Buhund jumped from 174th position to 170th, the Skye Terrier went from 178th to 172nd, the Canaan climbed from 181st to 175th and the Harrier went from 186th to 183rd.

Check out the full list below. If you want more information, head over to the AKC.

Breed2017 Rank2016 Rank2015 Rank2014 Rank2013 Rank
Retrievers (Labrador)11111
German Shepherd Dogs22222
Retrievers (Golden)33333
French Bulldogs466 9 11
Bulldogs544 4 5
Beagles655 5 4
Poodles778 7 8
Rottweilers889 10 9
Yorkshire Terriers997 6 6
Pointers (German Shorthaired)101111 12 13
Boxers111010 8 7
Siberian Huskies121212 13 14
Dachshunds131313 11 10
Great Danes141415 15 16
Pembroke Welsh Corgis1518 20 22 24
Doberman Pinschers1615 14 14 12
Australian Shepherds1716 17 18 20
Miniature Schnauzers1817 16 16 17
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels1919 18 19 18
Shih Tzu2020 19 17 15
Boston Terriers2121 22 23 23
Pomeranians222221 20 19
Havanese232324 25 25
Shetland Sheepdogs2424 23 21 21
Bernese Mountain Dogs2527 29 32 32
Brittanys2625 26 27 30
Spaniels (English Springer)2726 27 28 28
Mastiffs2828 25 26 26
Spaniels (Cocker)2929 30 30 29
Vizslas3031 32 34 34
Pugs3132 33 33 31
Chihuahuas3230 28 24 22
Maltese3333 31 29 27
Weimaraners3434 3435 33
Miniature American Shepherds3536N/AN/AN/A
Newfoundlands3635 37 37 37
Cane Corso3740 35 48 50
Border Collies3838 38 40 44
Basset Hounds3939 39 42 42
Collies4037 36 36 35
Rhodesian Ridgebacks4142 40 39 39
West Highland White Terriers4241 41 38 36
Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay)4343 42 41 43
Belgian Malinois4447 51 60 60
Shiba Inu4544 45 47 46
Bichons Frises4645 44 44 40
Akitas4746 46 46 45
St. Bernards4849 50 51 47
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers4950 47 49 51
Bloodhounds5052 49 50 48
Bullmastiffs5148 43 45 41
 Spaniels (English Cocker)5256 60 62 62
Papillons5353 48 43 38
Portuguese Water Dogs5451 52 52 49
Airedale Terriers5555 53 57 56
Australian Cattle Dogs5654 56 55 58
Samoyeds5765 61 68 67
Scottish Terriers5858 58 59 55
Alaskan Malamutes5959 54 54 57
Bull Terriers6057 55 53 52
Whippets6160 57 56 59
Pointers (German Wirehaired)6264 68 71 71
Dalmatians6362 62 66 64
Chinese Shar-Pei6461 59 58 54
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons6566 66 76 80
Great Pyrenees6667 67 75 69
Dogues de Bordeaux6763 63 63 65
Cardigan Welsh Corgis6869 76 78 75
Cairn Terriers6970 70 69 61
Old English Sheepdogs7075 74 77 78
Miniature Pinschers7168 64 61 53
Setters (Irish)7276 72 73 72
Irish Wolfhounds7373 69 72 73
Italian Greyhounds7472 71 74 66
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs7578 78 80 74
Chow Chows7674 73 70 70
Lhasa Apsos7771 65 67 63
Russell Terriers7890 104 105 102
Chinese Crested7977 75 65 68
Giant Schnauzers8079 81 83 83
Coton de Tulear8180 85 31 N/A
Staffordshire Bull Terriers8282 79 79 79
American Staffordshire Terriers8381 77 84 76
Basenjis8488 87 86 85
Bouviers des Flandres8583 83 81 82
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs8684 92 94 93
Keeshonden8792 84 87 86
Pekingese8893 80 82 77
Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)8987 99 99 97
Standard Schnauzers9085 91 90 90
Norwegian Elkhounds9194 88 103 103
Border Terriers9286 82 85 81
Afghan Hounds93113 100 98 95
Brussels Griffons9497 95 91 84
Setters (English)95102 96 89 91
Retrievers (Flat-Coated)9689 86 92 94
Rat Terriers9796 101 111 N/A
Spaniels (Boykin)98110 107 108 121
Fox Terriers (Wire)99101 94 95 96
Leonbergers10095 93 104 98
Tibetan Terriers10191 90 88 88
Borzois10298 89 102 99
Belgian Tervuren103107 98 110 108
Setters (Gordon)104104 105 100 105
Norwich Terriers105103 103 97 89
Silky Terriers106100 102 101 92
Neapolitan Mastiffs10799 106 114 111
Japanese Chin108108 97 93 87
Welsh Terriers109111 108 106 104
 Schipperkes110112 109 109 109
Spinoni Italiani111105 112 118 117
Toy Fox Terriers112116 110 115 107
 Pointers113117 114 119 114
Irish Terriers114115 113 125 123
Miniature Bull Terriers115120 121 129 125
Black Russian Terriers116119 116 127118
Lagotti Romagnoli117114 N/A N/A N/A
American Eskimo Dogs118122 118 120 110
Parson Russell Terriers119109 111 116 100
Belgian Sheepdogs120129 120 123 119
Tibetan Spaniels121118 115 122 106
Fox Terriers (Smooth)122124 122 124 116
Salukis123125 132 134 115
Boerboels124131 126 64 N/A
Bearded Collies125126 119 121 112
American Hairless Terriers126106N/AN/AN/A
Briards127132 130 132127
Norfolk Terriers128134 131 131 129
Kerry Blue Terriers129127 124 128 126
Black and Tan Coonhounds130128 127 126 113
Treeing Walker Coonhounds131137 117 112 101
Bluetick Coonhounds132121 123 130 128
Spaniels (Welsh Springer)133123 128 133 124
English Toy Spaniels134130 129 138 135
Manchester Terriers135133 137 136 120
German Pinschers136146 138 141 130
Australian Terriers137136 125 139 122
Lakeland Terriers138145 141 149 134
Redbone Coonhounds139143 139 148 133
Spaniels (Clumber)140144 134 143 131
Beaucerons141140 142 145 152
Pulik142159 154 151 136
Xoloitzcuintli143139 135 142 139
Icelandic Sheepdogs144153 140 146 142
Spaniels (Field)145147 145 137 140
Berger Picards146141N/AN/AN/A
Affenpinschers147149 136 144 143
Spanish Water Dogs148162 167 113 N/A
Swedish Vallhunds149163 155 158 147
Sealyham Terriers150155 158 169 158
Bedlington Terriers151138 146 140 137
Entlebucher Mountain Dogs152161 159 153 155
Tibetan Mastiffs153135 133 135 132
Setters (Irish Red and White)154142 148 155 145
Wirehaired Vizslas155157 156 107 N/A
Greyhounds156151 147 147 148
Kuvaszok157165 150 161 150
Glen of Imaal Terriers158180 168 162 167
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos59160 153 166 153
Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens160148 143 150 138
Spaniels (Sussex)161172 173 175 162
Pumik162N/AN/AN/AN/A
Komondorok163177 163 168 159
Spaniels (Irish Water)164150 144 152 141
Ibizan Hounds165152 160 159 151
Plotts166158 149 154 149
Spaniels (American Water)167156 157 160 144
Scottish Deerhounds168154 152 157 165
Lowchen169171 161 165 154
Norwegian Buhunds170174 165 172 166
Retrievers (Curly-Coated)171164 151 163 163
Skye Terriers172178 175 177 161
Finnish Lapphunds173173 169 173 171
Pharaoh Hounds174168 171 164 160
Canaan Dogs175181 170 176 164
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs176169 164 170 157
Finnish Spitz177179 178 174 170
American English Coonhounds178170 166 156 146
Chinooks179175 177 171 156
Pyrenean Shepherds180176 176 178 169
Bergamasco Sheepdogs181184 174 96 N/A
Dandie Dinmont Terriers182167 172 167 168
Harriers183186 183 181 173
Cirnechi dell’Etna184183 162 117 N/A
Cesky Terriers185182 179 182 174
Otterhounds186166 180 179 172
American Foxhounds187189 181 180 176
Sloughis188185 N/A N/A N/A
English Foxhounds189187 184 183 177
 Norwegian Lundehunds190188 182 184 175

 

 

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