From the American Kennel Club:
Lab lovers continue to make their voices heard! The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced at a virtual press conference at the AKC Museum of the Dog that the ever-popular Labrador Retriever is the nation’s favorite dog for the 30th consecutive year.
While the loveable Lab holds firmly to the top spot, the French Bulldog has continued to skyrocket in popularity. The Frenchie landed at number two in 2020, knocking the German Shepherd Dog down to third. The German Shepherd Dog had been the second most popular dog breed since 2009.
“America’s love for Labs is undeniable,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “They’re such versatile, family-friendly dogs that it’s no wonder they’ve been so popular for 30 years. The French Bulldog, however, seems poised to end the Lab’s reign. The playful, adaptable Frenchie has become increasingly popular over the past decade and shows no signs of slowing down. As always, we encourage people to do their research to make sure they are not just getting a purebred dog, but most importantly a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder.”
Other movers and shakers in 2020 include the Dachshund, which pawed its way back into the top 10 at number 10 for the first time in seven years. Making great strides over the past decade are Dalmatians (#69 in 2010 and #51 in 2020), Samoyeds (#72 in 2010 and #56 in 2020), German Wirehaired Pointers (#74 in 2010 and #60 in 2020), Giant Schnauzers (#96 in 2010 and #67 in 2020), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (#112 in 2010 and #85 in 2020), and Boykin Spaniels (#136 in 2010 and #87 in 2020).
The full top ten list:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. French Bulldog
3. German Shepherd
4. Golden Retriever
9. German Shorthaired Pointer
See the entire list.
Keep in mind, this list looks only at purebred dogs that are part of the American Kennel Club’s stud book, and only those dogs who are registered. It is entirely possible for someone to own a dog and not register him or her. (All of my dogs are purebreds; none are registered because I don’t breed.)
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!