Labrador retrievers reign supreme | Culture & Leisure

Talk about a dynasty. For the 31st year in a row, the beloved Labrador retriever is the most popular purebred dog breed in the United States.

But make room for the poodles. They’re barking at a comeback, according to figures released last week.

The American Kennel Club‘s 2021 rankings, compiled from more than 800,000 purebred puppies and older dogs, contained a predictable best finisher, but also revealed some new trends.

The best American dog from 1960 to 1982 was the poodle, but these cute animals dropped out of the top 5 in 1997. This year they returned to No. 5, after Labrador retrievers, French bulldogs, golden retrievers and shepherds. Germans.

The standard, miniature, and toy sizes of the poodle all count as one breed. The Kennel Club ratings do not recognize several hybrid dogs that represent mixes of popular breeds, such as the poodle and the Labrador retriever.

The Labrador retriever’s 31-year dominance at No. 1 is a record for the 138-year-old American Kennel Club, which serves as the registry for pedigrees of purebred dogs in the United States. The organization is perhaps best known for sanctioning dog shows and events such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

As the Poodles rallied, the AKC rankings show the Bulldog came in at No. 6 to lose its spot in the top 5 for the first time since 2011. On the other hand, the French Bulldog fell from No. 71 in 2000 in second place.

After the Bulldog at No. 6, the top 10 was completed by the Beagle, Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer and Dachshund.

Is your favorite missing from the top 10? It doesn’t matter if you love your canine companion. For the curious, the Pembroke Welsh corgi, Australian shepherd, Yorkshire terrier and boxer just miss out on the top 10.

The Great Dane (17), Siberian Husky (19), Shih Tzu (22), Boston Terrier (23), Pomeranian (24) and Chihuahua (37) also feature in the ranking. The full ranking can be found on the AKC website here. It lists 197 breeds.

The Norwegian Lundehund came in at No. 197, but it’s safe to say that Norwegian Lundehund owners and Labrador Retriever owners share a common bond: they each consider their #1 dog in their hearts and the “best friend in the family”. person”.

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