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

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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.