Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Dominate the List
NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Once again, the German Shepherd Dog took Chicago's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2013 rankings of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds, continuing its reign for the third year in a row.
"The German Shepherd Dog is still holding strong to the top spot in Chicago, defying the nation's love for the Labrador Retriever," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The Doberman Pinscher is rising up the list, though, giving the top breed a run for its money."
The German Shepherd Dog was also recognized as the #1 pup in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Detroit.
Shake-ups and surprises were evident throughout Chicago's rankings. Mirroring the national trend, the French Bulldog gained popularity, rising four spots to #5. Chicagoans showed no love for the Yorkshire Terrier, which fell four spots to #9.
Chicago's top 5 breeds for 2013 are as follows:
- German Shepherd Dog
- Labrador Retriever
- Golden Retriever
- French Bulldog
* Registration data pulled from Chicago zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
The AKC today also announced its nationwide rankings, and Labrador Retriever lovers have spoken! The intelligent, family-friendly breed has taken the #1 spot 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 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.
Chicago's favorite breed, the German Shepherd Dog, landed at number 2 on the national list.
Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2013
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