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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