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 Dallas' 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 Boston, Atlanta, and Houston.
"Dallas shares the nation's love for Labs," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The loveable breed remained the city's top dog in 2013, and if national trends are an indicator, it's likely to stay there for years to come!"
Additional shake-ups and surprises were evident throughout Dallas's rankings. The happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever overtook the Bulldog this year for the city's number two spot. Breaking in at number 10 this year was the Boxer, which was previously ranked 13th. The city also showed a particular love for the sweet-natured Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that, while ranked 18th nationally, sits towards the top at #5 this year in Dallas.
Dallas' top 5 breeds for 2013 are as follows:
- Labrador Retriever
- Golden Retriever
- German Shepherd Dog
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
* Registration data pulled from Dallas 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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