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This week the American Kennel Club (AKC) released its new list of the most popular dog breeds. In the US overall, the Labrador Retriever snagged the #1 spot — a title it’s enjoyed since 1991 when it overtook the Cocker Spaniel.
“The Labrador Retriever has its paws firmly planted in Americans’ hearts,” says AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “It’s such a versatile and family friendly breed.”
German Shepherds scored the number two spot, with Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, and Bulldogs nipping at their heels for spots three through five. The AKC reports that the French Bulldog edged out the Beagle in that coveted top five list, rising in popularity in part due to their stunning good looks and incredible sense of humor.
The AKC also sniffed out the results by state. In nearly all 50 of ’em, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, the Labrador Retriever reigns supreme, though there are a few notable outliers — for example, the German Shepherd is top dog in Indiana, while the Beagle leads the pack in Kentucky.
The AKC rankings don’t include mixed breeds, so our very favorite kind of pup — Standard American Mutt — didn’t make the list.
What breeds have you noticed climbing the charts in your own neighborhoods? Tell us in the comments!