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The American Kennel Club has announced its list of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. for the year 2021. Topping the list for an incredible 30th year in a row…the Labrador Retriever!
Will any other breed of dog ever knock the lovable Lab from the number one spot? Here’s a look at the rest of the top contenders…
After the Lab, the most popular purebred dogs are:
The AKC notes that their rankings do not represent numbers for the ever-popular mixed breed “mutt” or hybrids like labradoodles and maltipoos.
Rottweilers are enjoying their highest ranking in many years, after a drop from #2 in 1997. This might be in part due to the negative stereotype this dog breed has received over the past years. French Bulldogs are surging in popularity. Just 15 years ago, Frenchies were ranked at #36. Other breeds rising through the ranks include Siberian Huskies, Australian Shepherds, Great Danes, and the Belgian Malinois.
The Beagle is the only breed to always be in the top 10 since the AKC began the rankings back in the 1880s!
Interested in learning more about the dog breeds we love, and seeing the full list of nearly 200 breeds? Check out this CBS News story and visit the AKC’s website for lots more information. And always remember to check your local shelters and rescue organizations to find your next furry friend!
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