The No. 1 Dog Breed in America
The most popular pooch in the U.S.A. is the Labrador Retriever--for the 23rd consecutive year.
And that's a record, according to the American Kennel Club, which has ranked the most popular breeds annually since 1884 based on the previous year's registration of some 175 different breeds of dogs.
The Lab's enduring popularity can be credited to its playfulness and loyalty, as well as its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog. Plus, they come in three colors!
The top 10 most popular dog breeds in America:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Golden Retriever
6. Yorkshire Terrier
The most notable dog trends of the year:
- Coming in at No. 11 is the French Bulldog, which has seen a sharp rise in popularity over the past decade, with a 323 percent increase in registrations since 2003. French Bulldogs are known to be loveable lap warmers and are quite adaptable to city or suburban living due to their easy-to-groom coats and minimal exercise requirements.
- Call them the "comeback canines." Several rare breeds, which have been on the decline over the past decade, made strong gains this year. These include: Giant Schnauzers, Keeshonden, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Sussex Spaniels and Dandie Dinmont Terriers.
- In keeping with the popularity of large breeds, several breeds have made double-digit gains over the last 10 years: Doberman Pinschers rose from 22 to 12; Great Danes from 27 to 16; and Bernese Mountain Dogs from 47 to 32.
--From the Editors at Netscape