Labrador Retriever Takes AKC’s Top Spot for 25th Consecutive Year

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
Where did your favorite dog breed place on the American Kennel Club’s 2015 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. list?

There’s no stopping the Labrador Retriever! Making history, the Lab took #1 spot on the American Kennel Club’s 2015 2015 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. list for the 25th consecutive year.

Really, can you be that surprised? The Labrador Retriever has become a family staple for many reasons, include the fact that he’s smart, playful and loves everyone.

But what’s this? It looks like the French Bulldog is gaining some ground. A popular pick in urban areas, the Frenchie jumped three spots to number six in 2015. Could this comical little fellow be poised to upset the standing favorite next year?

“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,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “But keep your eye on the French Bulldog. The Frenchie has risen 32 spots over the past decade and shows no signs of stopping.”

Big dogs made a comeback in popularity last year. The Cane Corso jumped 12 spots (47 to 35), the Norwegian Elkhound rose 12 spots (100 to 88), the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon jumped eight spots (74 to 66), the Belgian Malinois moved up eight spots (59 to 51), the Belgian Tervuren rose eight spots (106 to 98), and the Leonberger jumped eight spots (101 to 93).

Here’s the official top 10 spot holders in the AKC’s 2015 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.:

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

See the full list on the AKC’s website.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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