NEW YORK, March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Once again, the Labrador Retriever has taken Saint Louis first place in the American Kennel Club (AKC®) 2021 ranking of the most popular dog breeds recognized by the AKC in the United States

The Lab was also recognized as the #1 pup in Seattle and Saint Louis.

For more than 10 years, the Labrador Retriever has been Saint Louis the most popular. Golden retrievers and German shepherds have also been in the top five historically for this city.

“The labs are highly valued across the country,” said the AKC executive secretary. Gina DiNardo. “Saint Louis is no exception – there is something about Labs that is very appealing to many different lifestyles.”

Saint Louis top 5 breeds for 2021:

1. Labrador retriever

2. Golden retriever

3. French Bulldog

4. German Shepherd Dog

5. Bulldog

* Registration data retrieved from St. Louis, Missouri zip codes specified by the U.S. Postal Service

The AKC also announced its national ranking today during a virtual press conference at the AKC Museum of the Dog in New York City. No one can stop the Lab! The always popular Labrador Retrievers is the nation’s favorite dog for the 31stst consecutive year.

While the adorable Lab remains a constant at the top of the charts, the Poodle has returned to the top five after 24 years, wiping out the perennial favorite Bulldog for the first time in nearly a decade. The Bulldog has been among the top five most popular breeds since 2012.

Most Popular Breeds of 2021

1. Labrador retriever

2. French Bulldog

3. Golden retriever

4. German Shepherd Dog

5. Poodle

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