Bulldog Is New York City's Most Popular Breed

Jan 31, 2014, 10:00 ET from American Kennel Club

Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Dominate the List

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year, the Bulldog took New York City's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2013 rankings of the city's most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds, unseating the Lab, who remained the #1 in the U.S. overall.

"It's the year of the Bulldog in New York City and it's no surprise," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  "The loveable, family friendly breed is a great choice for the urban lifestyle."

The Bulldog was also recognized as the #1 pup in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Newark.

Big shake-ups and surprises were evident throughout NYC's rankings. The Golden Retriever made a leap in popularity, rising from 9th place to 5th place, as the Yorkshire Terrier continued to fall out of favor in New York City, dropping one spot to 6th place.

New York City's top 5 breeds for 2013 (as compared to 2012) are as follows:

NYC's Most Popular Breeds 2013

NYC's Most Popular Breeds 2012

1. Bulldog

1. Labrador Retriever

2. French Bulldog

2. Bulldog

3. Labrador Retriever

3. French Bulldog

4. German Shepherd Dog

4. German Shepherd Dog

5. Golden Retriever

5. Yorkshire Terrier

* Registration data pulled from NYC zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

And true to the diversity of NYC, there were notable favorites among the city's distinct neighborhoods:

  • Upper East Side: Havanese
  • Chelsea: Beagle
  • East Village: Bulldog
  • Tribeca: Portuguese Water Dog
  • Upper West Side: French Bulldog
  • Financial District: French Bulldog
  • Washington Heights: French Bulldog
  • Murray Hill: Golden Retriever
  • Astoria: German Shepherd Dog
  • Park Slope: Pug
  • Williamsburg: French Bulldog
  • Riverdale: Poodle
  • New Dorp: Labrador Retriever

The AKC today also announced its nationwide rankings, and Labrador Retriever lovers have spoken!  The intelligent, family-friendly breed has taken the #1 spot nationally for the 23rd consecutive year, the longest reign at the top in AKC history.  In addition to the Lab holding strong to its most popular title, the French Bulldog has seen a sharp rise in popularity over the past decade with a 323% increase in national registrations since 2003.  The affectionate, easy to care for Frenchie rose three spots this year to number 11, its highest position since its AKC induction in 1898.  French Bulldogs are known to be loveable lap warmers and are easily adaptable to city or suburban living due to their easily-groomed coats and minimal exercise requirements.

New York City's favorite breed, the Bulldog, landed at number 5 on the national list.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2013

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog 

3. Golden Retriever

4. Beagle

5. Bulldog

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