Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Shake up the List
NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Atlanta's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2012 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.
"Atlanta loves larger breeds," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Mirroring the national trend, the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever and German Shepherd Dog make up the city's top 3."
Atlanta's top 5 breeds for 2012 compared to 2011:
Atlanta's Most Popular Breeds 2012*
Atlanta's 2011 Ranking*
* Registration data pulled from Atlanta zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
** Tied for 5th place (2012)
Among the Changes in Atlanta's Rankings:
- While the Labrador Retriever remained on top, the Golden Retriever switched spots with the German Shepherd Dog as Atlanta's second most popular dog in 2012.
- Atlanta showed more favor to larger breeds than smaller breeds this year, with the Boxer moving up from seventh to fifth and the Yorkshire Terrier dropping from fifth to ninth on the city's list.
The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today. Proving that bigger really is better, the American Kennel Club announced that the Bulldog has muscled its way into the top 5, becoming the fifth most popular dog in the U.S. according to AKC Registration Statistics, bumping the tiny Yorkshire Terrier into sixth place for the first time since 2003. The Golden Retriever also pushed its way back to the top, overtaking the Beagle for third place, and Rottweilers continued their climb up the top 10 list by taking ninth place away from the Dachshund, both adding to the bigger breed trend. Labrador Retriever lovers have again spoken – the playful, family friendly breed remains the number one most popular breed in the U.S. for the 22nd consecutive year, tying with the Poodle for the longest reign in the top spot. Visit www.akc.org for the complete list.
Watch all of AKC's recognized breeds compete during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship broadcast on the ABC Television Network, Saturday, February 2, 2013. Please check local listings for time.
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