Golden Retriever Is West Palm Beach's Most Popular Breed

Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Favorite

Feb 22, 2016, 11:00 ET from American Kennel Club

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year, the Golden Retriever unseated the Labrador Retriever and took West Palm Beach's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2015 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The Golden Retriever was also recognized as the #1 pup in Albany, NY.

Shakeups and surprises were evident in West Palm Beach's rankings. The French Bulldog rose two spots to land at number five, while the Rottweiler fell two spots to number six.

"In a surprising turn of events, the Golden Retriever nabbed the number one spot from the Lab," said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. "This lively and energetic breed makes a wonder companion for people with an active lifestyle."

West Palm Beach's top 5 breeds for 2015:

West Palm Beach's Most Popular Breeds 2015

  1. Golden Retriever 
  2. German Shepherd Dog 
  3. French Bulldog 
  4. Labrador Retriever 
  5. Bulldog 

* Registration data pulled from West Palm Beach zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

The AKC today also announced its nationwide rankings.  The Labrador Retriever – an intelligent, family friendly breed – holds tight to the number one spot on the most popular list for the 25th consecutive year, continuing the longest reign as the nation's top dog in AKC history.

While the Lab is clearly America's dog, the French Bulldog is poised for a takeover. The affectionate and playful breed continues to win the hearts of dog lovers everywhere, jumping three spots to number six in 2015. The Frenchie has risen 32 spots over the past decade and shows no signs of stopping.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2015

  1. Labrador Retriever 
  2. German Shepherd Dog  
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Bulldog
  5. Beagle

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