The playful and energetic Labrador Retriever once again reigns as the most popular dog breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).
While the Labrador Retriever‘s status hasn’t changed, however, the top 10 most popular list had a few switch-ups this year.
While the Labrador Retriever remains a constant at the top of the charts, the big mover and shaker in 2017 was the French Bulldog, according to AKC.
The French bulldog climbed into the top four last year, knocking the Beagle out of the top five for the first time in nearly 20 years.
The 2017 list was released today by the AKC.
“The French bulldog is poised for a takeover,” AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement, noting the breed’s “adaptability” and “loveable temperament.”
The Labrador retriever though has held the top ranking in AKC’s list for 27 years, a feat DiNardo attributed to the breed’s versatility and family-friendly nature.
The German shepherd came in No. 2 for the second straight year. Rare breeds, including canaans, harriers and skye terriers, jumped several spots each last year, according to the AKC.
Here are the top 10 rankings from the AKC.
2017 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S
- Labrador retriever
- German shepherd
- Golden retriever
- French bulldog
- Yorkshire terrier
- German shorthaired pointer
Reference: ABC news
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