Labradors stay on top of most popular breed list, but the Bulldog is on the move

Posted By elaine on January 26, 2011

bulldogThe American Kennel Club  announced its nationwide registration statistics today and once again the Labrador Retriever came out on top.

lab While the lovable Lab has sat at the top of the list for 20 years, other breeds were on the move.  The Beagle overtook the Golden Retriever for the 4th spot and the Bulldog, who has been steadily rising up in rank, took 6th place away from the Boxer, who dropped to 7th in 2010.

 ”Not since the early 20th Century has the Bulldog enjoyed such sustained popularity,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “‘Bob’ was the first AKC registered Bulldog in 1886, and today the breed enjoys its highest ranking in 100 years at number 6.”

 Most Notable Dog Trends On This Year’s List Include:

Closing the gap this year, a couple of breeds that had been on the decline over the past decade made double digit increases over the past year — Keeshonden (from 102nd to 87th) and Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (from 115th to 109th).

“Bully” breeds have been steadily increasing over the past decade, including the Bull Terrier (from 78th to 53rd) and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (from 97th to 74th).

Leonberger

Leonberger is a new big breed in the AKC.

Among smaller dogs that rose in the rankings were the Yorkshire Terrier (from 7th to 3rd), the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (from 54th to 23rd) and the Havanese (from 86th to 31st), proving that they are top of the Toys.

A trend toward larger breeds is seen with the rise of the Great Dane (from 28th to 17th), Mastiff (from 39th to 28th), Newfoundland (from 53rd to 44th), Bernese Mountain Dog (from 58th to 39th) and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (from 104th to 88th).

Three new breeds entered AKC’s registry in 2010, and the larger the breed, the higher they appeared in the rankings.  The Leonberger, the largest of the new breeds, was ranked 33rd; the Cane Corso ranked 51st; and the smallest of the new breeds, the Icelandic Sheepdog, came in at 82nd.

To see the entire list go to the AKC website.

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