The number two spot went to the German shepherd

By Kelli Bender
March 20, 2019 03:26 PM
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It’s doggie déjà vu!

On Wednesday, the American Kennel Club announced their list of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. Once again, the Labrador retriever came out on top for the 28th consecutive year.

German shepherds snagged the second place spot, with golden retrievers, French bulldogs, bulldogs, beagles, poodles, rottweilers, German shorthaired pointers and Yorkshire terriers filling out the rest of the list in that order.

The AKC announced the news at a press conference at their Museum of Dog. An adult dog and a puppy representative of each of the top ten breeds attended the event.

This year’s list is almost identical to last year’s, except for one change: German shorthaired pointers jumped up to the ninth spot, pushing Yorkies to 10th place. According to the AKC, German shorthaired pointers have slowly grown in popularity since being recognized as a breed in 1930.

Credit: AKC

“The Labrador retriever shows no signs of giving up the top spot anytime soon,” AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement. “Labs make wonderful companions for a wide variety of people, and for good reason. The breed is very intelligent, friendly and great with children. Attention must be paid to the German Shorthaired Pointer, however! This jack of all trades in the pointer world has slowly but steadily risen in popularity over the years. People continue to fall in love with its versatility, extreme intelligence and willingness to please.”

The AKC determines the most popular dog breeds in the United States by looking at their own registry and counting the number of dogs registered in each of the AKC’s 193 recognized breeds.