Nationally, Labrador Retriever Also Remains America's Most Popular Breed As the Bulldog Quietly Creeps Up the List
NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Washington D.C.'s top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2010 ranking of the most popular AKC-registered dog breeds in U.S.
"The top three of our nation's capital mirrors the national trend," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The German Shepherd made a major comeback in Washington D.C., claiming the number two spot after having dropped out of the top 10 in 2009."
Washington D.C.'s top 5 breeds for 2010 compared to 2009:
* Registration data pulled from Washington D.C. zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
** Tied for 4th place (2010)
*** Tied for 5th place (2009)
Among the Changes in Washington D.C.'s Rankings:
- The Golden Retriever's popularity dropped, with the breed falling out of the top 5 last year.
- Following along with the national trend, the Bulldog is slowly climbing up Washington D.C.'s list, tying the French Bulldog and the Poodle for 4th place in 2010.
- The French Bulldog landed in the top 5 last year after having placed out of the top 10 in 2009.
The AKC also announced its nationwide registration statistics today, revealing that for the 20th consecutive year the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America. However, this year's list includes some shakeups in the top 10 – the Beagle overtook the Golden Retriever for the 4th spot, and the Bulldog took 6th place away from the Boxer, who dropped to 7th in 2010.
The Bulldog has been steadily rising up the list over the past decade, going from 21st to 6th. While impressive, it is not the biggest mover – that distinction goes to the French Bulldog. The Frenchie jumped 50 spots (from 71st to 21st) over the past 10 years.
In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of registered breeds on January 1 to welcome the Norwegian Lundehund, the Xoloitzcuintli and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog – growing next year's list of Most Popular Breeds to 170 dogs.
Additional information on the AKC's ranking of the Most Popular Breeds in the U.S. can be found online at www.akc.org.
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