Labrador Retriever Reigns Supreme Once Again in San Francisco

January 26, 2011

Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America’s Most Popular Breed As the Bulldog Quietly Creeps Up the List

NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Once again, the Labrador Retriever took San Francisco’s top spot in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC(®)) 2010 ranking of the most popular AKC-registered dog breeds in the U.S.

“The Golden Retriever may have fallen to 5th place nationally, but the breed is making quite a comeback in San Francisco, jumping from 4th in 2009 to 2nd last year,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The Poodle made a similar comeback from 6th to 5th.”

San Francisco’s top 5 breeds for 2010 compared to 2009:

        San Francisco's Most Popular    San Francisco's Most Popular Breeds
                 Breeds 2010                           2009
     1. Labrador Retriever           1. Labrador Retriever
     2. Golden Retriever             2. Yorkshire Terrier
     3. Yorkshire Terrier            3. French Bulldog
     4. French Bulldog               4. Golden Retriever
     5. Poodle                       5. Bulldog

* Registration data pulled from San Francisco zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

Among the Changes in San Francisco’s Rankings:

  • While the French Bulldog and the Bulldog both increased in popularity nationally, both breeds dropped in San Francisco last year.
  • The Havanese makes an appearance in the top 10 at number 7 last year.
  • German Shepherd Dogs, the second most popular dog nationally, fell to San Francisco’s 9th most popular dog last year from 6th in 2009.

The AKC also announced its nationwide registration statistics today, revealing that for the 20th consecutive year the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America. However, this year’s list includes some shakeups in the top 10 – the Beagle overtook the Golden Retriever for the 4th spot, and the Bulldog took 6th place away from the Boxer, who dropped to 7th in 2010.

The Bulldog has been steadily rising up the list over the past decade, going from 21st to 6th. While impressive, it is not the biggest mover – that distinction goes to the French Bulldog. The Frenchie jumped 50 spots (from 71st to 21st) over the past 10 years.

           Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2010
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. German Shepherd Dog
    3. Yorkshire Terrier
    4. Beagle
    5. Golden Retriever

In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of registered breeds on January 1 to welcome the Norwegian Lundehund, the Xoloitzcuintli and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog – growing next year’s list of Most Popular Breeds to 170 dogs.

Additional information on the AKC’s ranking of the Most Popular Breeds in the U.S. can be found online at www.akc.org.

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