Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Shake up the List
NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Baltimore's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2012 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.
"The people of Baltimore showed love to Golden Retrievers in 2012," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "This loyal and loveable breed jumped from fourth to second, pushing the ever-popular German Shepherd Dog to third place."
Baltimore's top 5 breeds for 2012 compared to 2011:
* Registration data pulled from Baltimore zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
Among the Changes in Baltimore's Rankings:
- Yorkshire Terriers lost their popularity in Baltimore this year, moving down from sixth to tenth.
- The Chihuahua made the biggest leap in popularity this year, joining Baltimore's top ten list as the sixth most popular dog.
The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today. Proving that bigger really is better, the American Kennel Club announced that the Bulldog has muscled its way into the top 5, becoming the fifth most popular dog in the U.S. according to AKC Registration Statistics, bumping the tiny Yorkshire Terrier into sixth place for the first time since 2003. The Golden Retriever also pushed its way back to the top, overtaking the Beagle for third place, and Rottweilers continued their climb up the top 10 list by taking ninth place away from the Dachshund, both adding to the bigger breed trend. Labrador Retriever lovers have again spoken – the playful, family friendly breed remains the number one most popular breed in the U.S. for the 22nd consecutive year, tying with the Poodle for the longest reign in the top spot. Visit www.akc.org for the complete list.
Watch all of AKC's recognized breeds compete during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship broadcast on the ABC Television Network, Saturday, February 2, 2013. Please check local listings for time.
In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of recognized breeds on January 1 to include the Chinook and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, growing AKC's family to 177 breeds.