Labrador retrievers are still America’s top dog, the country’s most popular breed for the 25th consecutive year, according to the American Kennel Club.
The AKC’s new list of top breeds reveals some shakeups from prior years, though. French bulldogs have moved from the 11th position just a few years ago to sixth place. Boxers, on the other hand, are now in the 10th spot, down from seventh place.
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“The versatile, loveable Lab has firmly planted its paw print in AKC’s history, celebrating a quarter of a century as America’s most popular dog,” AKC vice president Gina DiNardo told CNN.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, she added that Americans “like easy-to-care-for, fun family dogs,” whether that means big, strong animals that can protect their families or small pets with “big-dog personalities.”
Here’s the complete Top 10 list:
- Labrador retriever
- German shepherd,
- French bulldog
- Yorkshire terrier
- German shorthaired pointer
The AKC also ranked dogs by highly populated U.S. cities. French bulldogs made the top spot in Miami, San Francisco and New York City. Bulldogs (not French) are No. 1 in Los Angeles, where French bulldogs wound up No. 2, followed by German shepherds, golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers.
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“Los Angeles continues to set trends,” DiNardo said in a press release. “The bulldog has been the city’s No. 1 pup for years, with the rest of the nation recently catching on to the breed’s endearing nature.”
She and her team added that 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, making its moves up the list in recent years. DiNardo shared that “the Frenchie” has risen 32 spots over the past decade, and shows no signs of stopping.
See how your favorite dog breed ranked by checking out the full list.