Labrador Retriever Reigns Supreme Once Again In Boston

Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular

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

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Boston'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 Lab was also recognized as the #1 pup in Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Nashville.

There were quite a few shakeups among Boston's most popular in 2015.  The Bulldog skyrocketed in popularity, jumping from 14th to 5th, while the French Bulldog fell from 5th to 9th.  The German Shepherd Dog gained in popularity, bumping the Golden Retriever down to 3rd and taking the number two spot.

"Boston caught on to the nation's love of Bulldogs," said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo.  "The friendly, loveable breed jumped nine spots.  Its French cousin, however, is not a Boston favorite – the French Bulldog fell out of the top five in 2015, down four spots to number nine."

Boston's top 5 breeds for 2015:

Boston's Most Popular Breeds 2015

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

* Registration data pulled from Boston 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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SOURCE American Kennel Club