Labrador Retriever still the most popular dog, according to AKC | Archives

Once again, the Labrador Retriever takes the top honors when it comes to the most popular breed in the United States. The rankings were released by the American Kennel Club (AKC) on May 1 in light of National Purebred Dog Day. The annual celebration highlights “the pride, predictability and purpose of purebred dogs, as well as the many ways these wonderful dogs impact humans every day.”

While the Labrador Retriever firmly holds the top spot, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has climbed the list over the past decade, officials noted. The ‘lively little shepherd’ landed at No. 10, its highest ranking since being recognized by the AKC in 1934. Additionally, the Pembroke Welsh corgi knocked the Yorkshire terrier out of the top 10, where the breed was a staple since 1995, according to officials.

AKC’s most popular breeds of 2019, plus 2018 comparison:

2019 Most Popular Dogs in USA

  • Labrador retriever #1
  • German shepherd n°2
  • Golden Retriever #3
  • French Bulldog #4
  • Bulldog #5
  • Poodle #6
  • Beagle No. 7
  • Rottweiler #8
  • German Shorthaired Pointer n°9
  • No. 10 Pembroke Welsh Corgi

2018 Most Popular Dogs in the United States

  • Labrador retriever #1
  • German shepherd n°2
  • Golden Retriever #3
  • French Bulldog #4
  • Bulldog #5
  • Beagle No. 6
  • Poodle #7
  • Rottweiler #8
  • German Shorthaired Pointer n°9
  • No. 10 Yorkshire terrier

The Labrador Retriever is also No. 1 in Atlanta, Denver and Raleigh, while New York, San Francisco and Miami are French Bulldog lovers.

In addition to the country’s most popular breeds, some rare and unique breeds increased in 2019, officials said. The Boykin Spaniel moved up 11 places (100 to 89), the Lowchen moved up 10 places (168 to 158), the Swede Vallhund moved up 10 places (169 to 159) and the Lagotto Romagnolo moved up nine places ( 99 to 90). Looking back on the past decade, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has jumped 46 places from 108th in 2009 to 62nd in 2019, officials said.