Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Shake up the List
NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year the Labrador Retriever took Honolulu's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2012 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.
"Honolulu gave a welcoming Aloha to large breeds in 2012," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The Labrador Retriever was the most popular breed and the Golden Retriever made a big jump from twelfth to second. The smaller breeds such as the Chihuahua, Pomeranian and Yorkshire Terrier dropped down on the list."
Honolulu's top 5 breeds for 2012 compared to 2011:
* Registration data pulled from Honolulu zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
**Tied for 5th (2011)
Among the Changes in Honolulu's Rankings:
- The Labrador Retriever ousted the Chihuahua for the most popular breed in Honolulu. The Chihuahua dropped all the way down to fifth.
- The Golden Retriever (2) and Bulldog (3) entered the Top 5 in 2012, knocking out the Shetland Sheepdog, as well as, the Pomeranian and Yorkshire Terrier who were tied for fifth in 2011.
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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