The American Kennel Club’s list of the most popular dog breeds this year features your usual adorable suspects, plus some cute surprises
Each year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) publishes a list of the most popular dog breeds recognized by the AKC. But how do they achieve these results when they have 197 adorable breeds to choose from? The rankings are purely based on AKC registration statistics for the previous year, not subjective categories like most loyal dog breeds, calm dog breeds, or best dogs for kids, though. you will see representatives of these categories on the list, since these characteristics are why they are so popular. Did your favorites make the list? Read on to find out if your furry friend is around or to help you find the next adorable addition to your family!
Most Popular Dog Breed in the United States: Labrador Retriever
For 31 consecutive years, the Labrador retriever has been America’s favorite dog. You probably see Labrador retrievers everywhere – in town, on the trails, at the beach and at the dog park – because they are one of the most common dog breeds to own. You might even see them working as rescue, guide and therapy dogs, jobs that seem tailor-made for them. They are happy and outgoing and love to retrieve balls, Frisbees, and just about anything you throw, especially if it means jumping into the lake to retrieve it. Labs often top these most popular lists due to their large nature; they are family members who get along well with everyone and are some of the best dogs for new owners. They are content to make themselves comfortable with a member of the family or to drop in the middle of the children lying on the ground.