The Golden Retriever Is Boston’s Most Popular Breed

NEW YORK, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — This year, the Golden Retriever took Boston’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 Golden Retriever was also recognized as the #1 pup in Charlotte, N.C. and Washington D.C.

The Yorkshire Terrier fell to sixth place last year, while the Vizsla made its way up seven spots to fifth place.

Boston remains loyal to the Golden Retriever, but it’s interesting to see that there’s an increased interest in the versatile athletic breed, the Vizsla,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “We’ll have to keep an eye out and see if it continues to hold the fifth spot in the upcoming year.”

Boston’s top 10 breeds for 2018:

Boston’s Most Popular Breeds 2018

  1. Golden Retrievers
  2. Labrador Retrievers
  3. German Shepherd Dogs
  4. French Bulldogs
  5. Vizslas
  6. Yorkshire Terriers
  7. Pembroke Welsh Corgis
  8. Bernese Mountain Dogs
  9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  10. Poodles

* Registration data pulled from Boston’s 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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