American Kennel Club Announces Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2013

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The American Kennel Club has revealed their list of the 10 most popular dog breeds of 2013, with the Labrador Retriever taking the top spot for the 23rd year in a row. It is the longest run of popularity for any dog breed since the AKC's founding in 1884.


The top 10 breeds of 2013 are as follows: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, Poodles, Rottweilers and Dachshunds.

The Labrador Retriever is known to be a highly trainable breed with an agreeable personality. They have been used as guide dogs for the blind, trained in narcotics detection and included in search-and-rescue teams.

"It does so many different things really well - it excels as a family companion, it's an awesome hunting dog, and it also has a great presence as a service and law-enforcement search-and-rescue dog," said American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson.

The other nine most popular breeds on the list reflect the variety of purebred dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club. With no exact numbers released, the estimate of its purebred registry is more than 40 million. This year's list reveals the continuing trend of the American Kennel Club leaning toward larger dogs, as it has done for the past decade.

"Owning bigger breeds, an economic indicator of sorts, have been on the rise during the past five years," Peterson said. "As the economy has improved, people are turning back to the big dogs they love."

With the list largely remaining the same as the previous year, the biggest news comes from a breed not in the top 10. The French Bulldog is at its highest ranking to date as the 11th most popular breed in the United States.

The French Bulldog has skyrocketed in popularity, with its American Kennel Club numbers more than quadrupling within the last 10 years. The breed was listed as 58th in 2002, making the climb to 14th last year and now sitting at 11th place.

"They have so many funny and endearing qualities, including being people-oriented. A Frenchie is everyone's friend," said French Bulldog owner Gale Golden of Marlborough, Mass.

The American Kennel Club's rankings consist of recognized purebreds as well as newly registered dog breeds.

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Ayongwa Lillian

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gjshis2

MY golden retriever is a real snuggle bunny. She (all 90 lbs) sits in my lap and rests her head on my shoulder . . . her favorite love position. She minds, never leaves our unfed yard abd Y sniles all the time, and understands almost everything we say to her. unfenced

February 06 2014 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gudtip

Labrador are easier to teach, well behaved, good temper, and a good protector.

February 03 2014 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eilmey

IDIOTS AREN'T LIMITED TO FLORIDA. I HAVE THE SWEETEST, MOST LOVING AND FRIENDLY FEMALE SIBERIAN HUSKY WHO IS ON THE RESTRICTED BREED LIST FOR APTS IN ARIZONA AND TEXAS. I REFUSED TO GIVE HER UP AND FINALLY FOUND AN APT COMPLEX THAT WOULD ALLOW HER. THE OTHER IDIOTS NEVER EVEN WANTED TO MEET HER.

February 03 2014 at 5:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
eilmey

bozos aren't limited to fla. i have the sweetest, most loving and friendly siberian husky
female. she is on the restricted breed list for apts in arizona and texas. what a bunch of idiots if they would just meet her.

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Big Dog Mom

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February 03 2014 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big Dog Mom

Someone has a problem with your breed of dog ... find a training center and go through the AKC Canine Good Citizen course. You will get a certificate that will prove he's a "good" dog and possibly get a discount on your home/renters insurance.

February 03 2014 at 3:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sutt202

I have a Yellow Lab and a Rat Terrier/south of the border mix. The rat is the fastest dog I\'ve ever seen. Can out run the Lab with ease. But the lab is every ones friend. Even the crooks. I think he would show them where the silverware is if they gave him a biscuit. But he has a big bark and that scares every one off.

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Cheeky Munky

My fox terrier, Boo, has to be part human. She is so intelligent, but she is a stubborn little ass. I love her so much and can't picture my life without her. She is my furry daughter.

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