Labrador Retrievers are Most Beloved Breed of All Time
It's taken twenty three long years, but the Labrador Retriever has finally attained the status of America's most popular dog breed of the American Kennel Club's 130 year tenure. The American Kennel Club (AKC) determined the popularity of dog breeds using their registry, which has included more than 40 million purebred dogs throughout its history. The rankings for AKC's results each year are based on dogs that have been newly registered.
Popular for a Reason
This achievement comes as the breed officially surpassed the Poodle, who had previously held the record for the record for the longest-reigning most popular dog breed. Though poodles are still one of the top ten most popular dog breeds, an honor they've held for quite some time, they have been overtaken by a variety of other breeds that now represents a diverse array of dog breeds. Of the hundreds of breeds registered with the AKC, only the Labrador Retriever indefatigably holds its spot at the top.
A Rising Star
One breed, in spite of its absence from the top ten most popular dog breeds, has proven itself to be a rising star over the past few years. The French Bulldog has continued its steady ascent to the top, resting at the eleventh spot on AKC's list. The previous year, it was ranked at the fourteenth most popular- a rank which elicited a surprised response from AKCs spokeswoman, Lisa Peterson. "That's a big jump," she stated, "I haven't seen anything like that in any breed."
The Top 10
Aside from the French Bulldog and the Labrador Retriever, more than 170 breeds were indexed in this year's list. The top ten brings little surprises, with each breed holding the same place as they did the previous year; however, as soon as one ventures outside of these top ten breeds, they are met with a fervent dynamism. For those of you that are curious about the unwavering top ten breeds, this year and last year's order are as such:
The full list is available at AKC's website here. What do you think of the list and of the new record set by Labs? Is the list surprising or just what you expected? Let us know in the comments section!