Labs; still America’s favorite breed

The American Kennel Club announced last month the Labrador retriever has maintained its top spot as the most popular breed of dog in The United States. It’s the 24th consecutive year it’s held that title, but there have been a few changes in the top 10 and other breeds are gaining popularity.

The bulldog wobbled its way from fifth place up to fourth; the highest it has ever been. Some of the reasons for the bulldogs rise are that they are the third most popular sports team mascot, they are fairly low maintenance and they have been the stars of many successful advertising and marketing campaigns.labs

“The Lab truly is America’s dog but the lovable Bulldog breeds are clamoring to dominate,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo, in a statement. “Watch out for an upset next year.”

The beagle moved down to fifth place even though Miss P took the top honor at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This is the second time the beagle has won best in show. The French bulldog wasn’t in the top 10 last year, but has now made it up to number nine. It’s now the most popular breed in New York City and this is the first time in nearly 100 years it has made the top ten.

Another breed that has jumped in popularity is the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon that’s known as “the 4-wheel drive of hunting dogs.” It went up 38 spots from 112th to 74th in a decade. Others that made double-digit gains since 2004 are the Havanese going from 52nd to 25th, the Border collie going from 60th to 39th, the Black and Tan coonhound going from 140th to 120th and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever going from 118th to 96th.

For the first time since 1985, the Dachshund was knocked out of the top ten. Other breeds that landed in the top 10 include the Golden retriever, German shepherd, Yorkshire terrier, Poodle, Boxer and Rottweiler.

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