March 29, 2018
Every dog has his day. However, in the United States, the Labrador Retriever is so popular that it can count its success in years—27 of them. That’s how long this particular breed has led the pack as the number-one choice of the canine pet set in America, according to findings of a poll by the American Kennel Club, released on March 21.
But there is some real news, as well: While the Labrador Retriever remains a constant at the top of the charts, the big mover and shaker in 2017 was the French Bulldog. This breed—which is “ easygoing, playful, adaptable,” the AKC says—not only jumped two spots to number four, but it butted the Beagle out of the top five for the first time since 1998.
“The Labrador Retriever has its paws firmly planted in Americans’ hearts,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “It’s such a versatile and family friendly breed. Don’t underestimate the power of the Frenchie, though! Its adaptability and loveable temperament make it very appealing to a wide variety of people.”
Indeed, DiNardo predicts, “The French Bulldog is poised for a takeover.”
Specifically, the top ten dogs in America (from most popular down) this year include: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Beagles, Poodles, Rottweilers, Yorkshire Terriers, and German Short-haired Pointers. To see where your favorite breed ranks, check the complete AKC list.
Finally, some, rare breeds were on the rise in 2017. The Norwegian Buhund rose four spots (from 174 to 170), the Skye Terrier advanced six spots (178 to 172), Canaan Dogs jumped six spots (181 to 175), and Harriers rose three spots (186 to 183).
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