According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever has earned the title of most popular dog breed for the 26th year in a row.
Top Ten Most Popular Dogs in the United States (2016)
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- French Bulldog
- Yorkshire Terrier
While the top spot has remained relatively stable over the last 26 years, the charts have been subject to some pretty dramatic upheavals. Terriers, in particular, seemed to be climbing the charts in 2016 with Russell Terriers (up 14 slots to #90), Parson Russell Terriers (up two slots to #109), and Dandie Dinmont Terriers (up five slots to #167) making big moves. Rottweilers, too, seem to be growing in popularity, taking the #8 spot last year. Rottweilers peaked at #2 in 1997, but have been steadily bouncing back over the past ten years.
So what makes Labrador Retrievers so popular? Some cite its wide range and ability to fit in virtually anywhere.
“The Labrador retriever has a strong hold on the top spot, and doesn’t show signs of giving it up anytime soon. The Lab is such a versatile dog that it’s no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles. Keep your eye on the Rottweiler, though. It’s been quietly winning hearts over the past decade.”
— Gina DiNardo, Vice President, American Kennel Club