American Kennel Club Names America’s Favorite Dog Breed

People really love Labrador retrievers.

The American Kennel Club has announced the results of its annual survey of the nation’s favorite dogs.

While the Labrador retriever has held the top spot for 31 years, there were a few surprises in this year’s list.

Once again, the Labrador retriever has been named the most popular dog breed in the United States. (Stock)

The non-profit organization revealed the results of its investigation in a press release. While the Lab once again retained the top spot, there were a few surprises on this year’s list.

For the first time since 1997, the poodle made it into the top five. The small dog breed has knocked out the bulldog, which has been in the top five every year since 2012.

lazy bulldog puppy

The bulldog was knocked out of the top five for the first time since 2012. (Stock)

American Kennel Club Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said, “The versatile, family-friendly Labrador Retriever has established itself as America’s dog. With its loving, outgoing personality and eager-to-please attitude, it’s no surprise that the Lab was able to continue its record run as the most popular breed in the United States. As always, we encourage people to do their research to ensure they are not only getting a purebred dog, but more importantly a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder.”


This year, the French Bulldog came in second place, while the Golden Retriever took third place. This was followed by the German Shepherd in fourth place and the Poodle in fifth place.

White poodle playing in the yard.

The poodle made a return to the top five for the first time since 1997. (Stock)

The bulldog was knocked down to sixth place, followed by the beagle and then the rottweiler.

The German Shorthaired Pointer came in ninth place and the Dachshund closed the top ten.


The list was very similar to last year’s, although the golden retriever and German shepherd swapped places, along with the poodle and bulldog.

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