AKC Unveils 10 Most Popular Dogs in America

The Labrador Retriever was once again celebrated as the most popular dog breed.

Posted: January 22, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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The Labrador Retriever’s reign as the most popular purebred dog in the nation continues for the 18th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club. The AKC on Wednesday unveiled the 10 most popular dogs in America during an event in New York to kick off the organization’s 125th anniversary.

The other top dogs include the Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, and Beagle. The 10 most popular dogs in America according to 2008 registration statistics are:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Yorkshire Terrier
  3. German Shepherd Dog
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Beagle
  6. Boxer
  7. Dachshund
  8. Bulldog
  9. Poodle
  10. Shih Tzu

Each year, the AKC also looks at the most popular dog breeds in each of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Some highlights include:

• The Bulldog continues to climb the national list. It’s really marking its territory in a number of western cities — Las Vegas, Long Beach, Calif., Los Angeles, and San Diego — where it ranked second.

• Detroit and Miami are the only cities that do not have the Labrador Retriever in the top spot, both favoring the German Shepherd Dog.

• The Boxer is muscling its way to the top in a few cities, ranking second in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Des Moines, Louisville, Omaha, and Kansas City. It's third in Atlanta, Cleveland, New Orleans, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Philadelphia.

• Californians seem to love the Miniature Pinscher, ranked 32nd nationally. It came in sixth — up from 15 in 2007 — in San Diego and ranked eighth in Sacramento.

• The Vizsla is tied for 10th with the Shih Tzu in Chicago. Ranked 44th nationally, the Vizsla has long been a favorite in the Windy City, having made the local top 10 list in 2007 and 2003.

• Unusual breeds on local top 10 lists including the Great Dane (10th in St. Louis), the Mastiff (10th in Indianapolis), the Brittany (10th in Minneapolis), the Belgian Malinois (eighth in Kansas City) and the Siberian Husky (ninth in Long Beach).

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Michele   phoenix, AZ

12/11/2009 6:16:28 AM

What happened to cocker spaniels?

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tonya   Corryton, TN

6/5/2009 5:57:41 AM

I'm not surprised considering akc doesn't acknowlege a whole breed. How could they make the list?

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

1/22/2009 11:00:42 PM

I'm not surprised.

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Michele   Freeport, IL

1/22/2009 7:08:25 PM

Good to see my Dachshunds on the list

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