Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Dominate the List
NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Atlanta's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2013 rankings of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds, holding strong in the city, as well as in the nation overall.
The Lab was also recognized as the #1 pup in San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Denver.
Shake-ups and surprises were evident throughout Atlanta's rankings – the Havanese and Vizsla were new to the city's top 10 favorites, coming in at #8 and #9, respectively, and the Boxer is slowly making its way up the list, rising one spot to #4.
"In keeping with the national trend, Atlanta loves its big dogs," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Lovable large breeds clearly dominate the city's top five."
Atlanta's top 5 most popular breeds for 2013 are as follows:
- Labrador Retriever
- Golden Retriever
- German Shepherd Dog
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
* Registration data pulled from Atlanta 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.
Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2013
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SOURCE American Kennel Club