The Labrador Retriever Is New York City's Most Popular Breed

Jan 30, 2013, 10:05 ET from American Kennel Club

Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Shake up the List

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year, the Labrador Retriever took New York City's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2012 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

"The Labrador Retriever has overtaken the top spot in New York City from the Yorkshire Terrier, the breed that had reigned supreme over the past several years," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The plummet in popularity of the Yorkie also made room for the Bulldog in NYC's second spot."

New York City's top 5 breeds for 2012 compared to 2011:

New York City's Most Popular Breeds 2012*

New York City's 2011 Ranking*

1. Labrador Retriever  

1. Yorkshire Terrier

2. Bulldog

2. Labrador Retriever

3. French Bulldog

3. French Bulldog

4. German Shepherd Dog

4. German Shepherd Dog

5. Yorkshire Terrier

5. Bulldog

* Registration data pulled from Bronx, Kings, Queens, New York and Richmond county zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

Among the Changes in New York City's Rankings:

  • The Golden Retriever's popularity rose nationally, but the breed dropped from 8th to 9th in popularity in New York City.
  • The Rottweiler is working its way up in NYC, moving from 9th to 7th on the city's list.

The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today.  Proving that bigger really is better, the American Kennel Club announced that the Bulldog has muscled its way into the top 5, becoming the fifth most popular dog in the U.S. according to AKC Registration Statistics, bumping the tiny Yorkshire Terrier into sixth place for the first time since 2003.  The Golden Retriever also pushed its way back to the top, overtaking the Beagle for third place, and Rottweilers continued their climb up the top 10 list by taking ninth place away from the Dachshund, both adding to the bigger breed trend.  Labrador Retriever lovers have again spoken – the playful, family friendly breed remains the number one most popular breed in the U.S. for the 22nd consecutive year, tying with the Poodle for the longest reign in the top spot.  Visit for the complete list.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2012

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog 

3. Golden Retriever

4. Beagle

5. Bulldog

Watch all of AKC's recognized breeds compete during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship broadcast on the ABC Television Network, Saturday, February 2, 2013. Please check local listings for time.

In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of recognized breeds on January 1 to include the Chinook and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, growing AKC's family to 177 breeds.

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