Labrador Retriever Reigns Supreme Once Again In San Francisco

Jan 31, 2014, 10:00 ET from American Kennel Club

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 San Francisco'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 the nation overall.

The Lab was also recognized as the #1 pup in Seattle, Houston, and Boston.

"Big dogs are the favorite in San Francisco," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  "In addition to the Lab at number one, large breeds dominate the city's top five."

Shake-ups and surprises were evident throughout San Francisco's rankings. The Golden Retriever pushed the French Bulldog out of second place, knocking it down to third, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi fell out of the city's top 5, landing at number 6. The Bernese Mountain Dog is also slowly moving up the San Francisco ranks. After breaking into the city's top 5 in 2012, the breed jumped one spot to 4th place in 2013.

San Francisco's top 5 breeds for 2013 (as compared to 2012) are as follows:

San Francisco's Most Popular Breeds 2013

San Francisco's Most Popular Breeds 2012

1. Labrador Retriever

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Golden Retriever

2. French Bulldog

3. French Bulldog

3. Golden Retriever

4. Bernese Mountain Dog

4. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

5. Bulldog

5. Bernese Mountain Dog

* Registration data pulled from San Francisco zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

True to the diversity of San Francisco, there were notable favorites among the city's distinct neighborhoods:

  • Mission: French Bulldog
  • Nopa: Golden Retriever
  • Castro: Labrador Retriever
  • Pacific Heights: Labrador Retriever
  • Nob Hill: Bullmastiff
  • Soma: Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Portrero: Golden Retriever

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

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog 

3. Golden Retriever

4. Beagle

5. Bulldog

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