Golden Retriever Is Washington, D.C.’s Most Popular Breed

NEW YORK, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Golden Retriever is the leader of the pack in Washington D. C., inching ahead of the Lab in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2018 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The Golden Retriever was also recognized as the #1 pup in Charlotte and Boston. 

The Golden Retriever, which has always come 2nd to the Labrador Retriever nationally as well as in many cities, has finally made the big leap to the number 1 spot.

“It’s also interesting to see working breeds – specifically the Doberman Pinscher (ranked 10th) and Rottweiler (9th) – break into the top 10 list,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “Working dogs are known for their tremendous strength, endurance and intelligence, but what many individuals don’t know is that most make great companions as well.”

Washington, D.C.’s top 10 breeds for 2018:

Washington, D.C.’s Most Popular Breeds 2018

  1. Golden Retriever
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. French Bulldog
  4. Poodle
  5. Bulldog
  6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  7. German Shepherd Dog
  8. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Doberman Pinscher

* Registration data pulled from Washington, D.C. zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today in a press conference at the AKC Museum of the Dog in NYC. The Labrador Retriever once again breaks records! The loveable Lab remains the number one most popular breed in the United States for the 28th year.

While the Labrador Retriever continues its reign at the top, the German Shorthaired Pointer has been quietly climbing the charts over the past decade. This versatile, all-purpose hunter came in at number nine in 2018 – it’s highest position since becoming recognized in 1930.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2018

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd Dog  
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. French Bulldog
  5. Bulldog

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