Labrador Retriever is the AKC’s most popular dog breed once again

America’s most popular dog once again is the Labrador Retriever according to the American Kennel Club. The rankings reflect popularity of different breeds among the 589,868 purebred dogs, mostly puppies, that joined the nation’s oldest dog registry last year.

“The list includes the 193 breeds that the AKC recognizes — no Labradoodles, puggles, Yorkipoos or other “designer” hybrids, at least for now. Breeds sometimes get added over time. The chart also doesn’t reflect the everyday mixed-breed dogs that make up a vast share of the estimated 77 million or more canines in U.S. homes.”

Rankings were released on May 1, 2020 which is also National Purebred Dog Day and are based on 2019 AKC registration statistics. The Labrador Retriever has topped the annual list every year since 1991 when it ended the Cocker Spaniel’s 23 years reign in the top position. “As the No. 1 breed of the 1940s, the Cocker Spaniel, enjoyed a renaissance in the ’80s, climbing back into the top spot from 1983–1990.”

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi joined the Top 10 this year for the first time ever. The Icelandic Sheepdog was the biggest mover up the rankings jumping 24 spots from #156 to #132. While the Ibizan Hlound saw the biggest drop in rankins going from #153 in 2018 to #171 this year. Over a 10 year period from 2009 to 2019, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon increased 46 slots on the popularity rankings from #108 to #62. And the Redbone Coonhound slid 102 positions from #41 10 years ago to #143 in 2019.

And last, though maybe not least, in the rankings at #193 is the English Foxhound which is described as a “substantial galloping hound of great stamina. His long legs are straight as a gatepost, and just as sturdy.”

AKC Rankings for 2019

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  • The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog in the U.S. for the past 29 years.
  • The Ibizan Hlound took the biggest drop in the rankings (down 18 spots) from 153 to 171
  • The Icelandic Sheepdog increased 24 spots from 156 to 132
  • The Redbone Coonhound dropped 102 spots in the past 10 years from 41 in 2009 to 143 in 2019
  • The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon jumped 46 spots in the past 10 years from 108 to 62
  • The most popular dog in large cities is the French Bulldog for the sixth year in a row
  • As of 2020, the AKC recognizes 195 dog breeds. Its stated goal is to protect the health and well-being of all dogs

AKC MOST POPULAR BREED RANKED FOR 2019

  1. Retrievers (Labrador)
  2. German Shepherd Dogs
  3. Retrievers (Golden)
  4. French Bulldogs
  5. Bulldogs
  6. Poodles
  7. Beagles
  8. Rottweilers
  9. Pointers (German Shorthaired)
  10. Pembroke Welsh Corgis
  11. Dachshunds
  12. Yorkshire Terriers
  13. Australian Shepherds
  14. Boxers
  15. Siberian Huskies
  16. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  17. Great Danes
  18. Miniature Schnauzers
  19. Doberman Pinschers
  20. Shih Tzu
  21. Boston Terriers
  22. Havanese
  23. Bernese Mountain Dogs
  24. Pomeranians
  25. Shetland Sheepdogs
  26. Brittanys
  27. Spaniels (English Springer)
  28. Spaniels (Cocker)
  29. Miniature American Shepherds
  30. Cane Corso
  31. Pugs
  32. Mastiffs
  33. Border Collies
  34. Vizslas
  35. Chihuahuas
  36. Maltese
  37. Basset Hounds
  38. Collies
  39. Weimaraners
  40. Newfoundlands
  41. Belgian Malinois
  42. Rhodesian Ridgebacks
  43. Bichons Frises
  44. West Highland White Terriers
  45. Shiba Inu
  46. Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay)
  47. Akitas
  48. St. Bernards
  49. Portuguese Water Dogs
  50. Spaniels (English Cocker)
  51. Bloodhounds
  52. Bullmastiffs
  53. Papillons
  54. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
  55. Australian Cattle Dogs
  56. Scottish Terriers
  57. Whippets
  58. Samoyeds
  59. Dalmatians
  60. Airedale Terriers
  61. Bull Terriers
  62. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
  63. Pointers (German Wirehaired)
  64. Alaskan Malamutes
  65. Chinese Shar-Pei
  66. Cardigan Welsh Corgis
  67. Italian Greyhounds
  68. Dogues de Bordeaux
  69. Great Pyrenees
  70. Old English Sheepdogs
  71. Giant Schnauzers
  72. Cairn Terriers
  73. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
  74. Miniature Pinschers
  75. Russell Terriers
  76. Irish Wolfhounds
  77. Chow Chows
  78. Lhasa Apsos
  79. Setters (Irish)
  80. Chinese Crested
  81. Coton de Tulear
  82. Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  83. Pekingese
  84. Border Terriers
  85. American Staffordshire Terriers
  86. Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)
  87. Basenjis
  88. Keeshonden
  89. Spaniels (Boykin)
  90. Lagotti Romagnoli
  91. Rat Terriers
  92. Bouviers des Flandres
  93. Norwegian Elkhounds
  94. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
  95. Leonbergers
  96. Brussels Griffons
  97. Standard Schnauzers
  98. Setters (English)
  99. Fox Terriers (Wire)
  100. Neapolitan Mastiffs
  101. Tibetan Terriers
  102. Norwich Terriers
  103. Belgian Tervuren
  104. Retrievers (Flat-Coated)
  105. Borzois
  106. Schipperkes
  107. Toy Fox Terriers
  108. Japanese Chin
  109. Silky Terriers
  110. Welsh Terriers
  111. Afghan Hounds
  112. Miniature Bull Terriers
  113. Setters (Gordon)
  114. Black Russian Terriers
  115. Pointers
  116. Spinoni Italiani
  117. Tibetan Spaniels
  118. Parson Russell Terriers
  119. Irish Terriers
  120. American Eskimo Dogs
  121. Beaucerons
  122. Fox Terriers (Smooth)
  123. German Pinschers
  124. American Hairless Terriers
  125. Salukis
  126. Belgian Sheepdogs
  127. Boerboels
  128. Tibetan Mastiffs
  129. Treeing Walker Coonhounds
  130. Spaniels (Welsh Springer)
  131. Norfolk Terriers
  132. Icelandic Sheepdogs
  133. Kerry Blue Terriers
  134. Spaniels (Clumber)
  135. Briards
  136. Bearded Collies
  137. Xoloitzcuintli
  138. Bluetick Coonhounds
  139. English Toy Spaniels
  140. Manchester Terriers
  141. Black and Tan Coonhounds
  142. Australian Terriers
  143. Redbone Coonhounds
  144. Spanish Water Dogs
  145. Wirehaired Vizslas
  146. Berger Picards
  147. Portuguese Podengo Pequenos
  148. Lakeland Terriers
  149. Scottish Deerhounds
  150. Affenpinschers
  151. Bedlington Terriers
  152. Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens
  153. Spaniels (Field)
  154. Sealyham Terriers
  155. Setters (Irish Red and White)
  156. Pumik
  157. Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes
  158. Lowchen
  159. Swedish Vallhunds
  160. Pulik
  161. Pharaoh Hounds
  162. Greyhounds
  163. Retrievers (Curly-Coated)
  164. Spaniels (American Water)
  165. Finnish Lapphunds
  166. Kuvaszok
  167. Entlebucher Mountain Dogs
  168. Glen of Imaal Terriers
  169. Norwegian Buhunds
  170. Spaniels (Irish Water)
  171. Ibizan Hounds
  172. Otterhounds
  173. Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
  174. Dandie Dinmont Terriers
  175. American English Coonhounds
  176. Spaniels (Sussex)
  177. Plott Hounds
  178. Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens
  179. Canaan Dogs
  180. Bergamasco Sheepdogs
  181. Komondorok
  182. Pyrenean Shepherds
  183. Finnish Spitz
  184. Chinooks
  185. Cirnechi dell’Etna
  186. Harriers
  187. Skye Terriers
  188. Cesky Terriers
  189. American Foxhounds
  190. Azawakhs
  191. Sloughis
  192. Norwegian Lundehunds
  193. English Foxhounds

RESOURCES:
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeds/numbers-most-and-least-popular-dog-breeds/
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeds/2020-popular-breeds-2019/
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/top-10-dog-breeds-america-155753555.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-now-puppy-love-labs-120547223.html
https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/english-foxhound/
https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/icelandic-sheepdog/
https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/labrador-retriever/
https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/ibizan-hound/

 

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