Labrador Retriever Reigns Supreme Once Again In Raleigh

NEW YORK, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Raleigh’s top spot in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2018 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The Lab was also recognized as the #1 pup in Atlanta and Chicago.

French Bulldogs and Bulldogs gained popularity in Raleigh last year.  The Frenchie rose from twelfth to fifth, and the Bulldog rose from fifteenth to seventh.  Yorkshire Terriers fell out of favor, going from fifth in 2017 to sixteenth last year.

“Labs aren’t giving up the top spot in Raleigh anytime soon,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “The city, however, has caught on to the rest of the nation’s love of French Bulldogs. The playful, adaptable Frenchie not only broke into Raleigh’s top 10 in 2018, it made it all the way to number five from 12!”

Raleigh’s top 10 breeds for 2018:

Raleigh’s Most Popular Breeds 2018

  1. Labrador Retriever 
  2. Golden Retriever
  3. German Shepherd Dog
  4. Beagle
  5. French Bulldog
  6. Poodle
  7. Bulldog
  8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  9. Dachshund
  10. Rottweiler

* Registration data pulled from Raleigh 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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