Labrador Retriever Still the #1 Breed in the U.S.

The American Kennel Club says that the Labrador Retriever is still top dog when it comes to most popular purebreds in the United States. Holding firm to that spot for 29 years, the loveable Lab tops the list that’s been released on National Purebred Dog Day.

National Purebred Dog Day focuses on the pride, predictability and purpose of purebred dogs, and the wonderful ways they impact their humans every day.

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The Labrador continues to keep its spot as the United States’ number one, as well as reigning in Atlanta, Denver and Raleigh. In New York City, San Francisco and Miami though, the French Bulldog took top honors.

And a newcomer to the top 10 joined with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi knocking the Yorkshire Terrier out of the top 10 for the first time since 1995. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi landed at number 10.

Some unique breeds found themselves making the jump up the ranks in 2019. South Carolina’s state dog, the Boykin Spaniel, went from 100th to 89th, and Lagotto Romagonolo went from 99th to 9oth. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon took some impressive leaps going from 108th in 2009 to 62nd in 2019. Some other up and comers were the Lowchen and the Swedish Vallhund, both moving 10 spots up the list as compared to last year.

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After the Labrador Retriever, the runners-up in 2019 were the same as 2018’s all the way to spot number 5. After the Labrador Retriever, in both 2018 and 2019, the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, the French Bulldog and the Bulldog followed respectively. In 2018, the Beagle held the number 6 spot, but in 2019, the Poodle swapped places. The 8th and 9th slots were the same in both 2018 and 2019, with the Rottweiler in 8th place and the German Shorthaired Pointer taking 9th place.


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