AKC’s Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2016

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March 21, 2016
AKC Canine Retreat, NYC
New York, NY – The Labrador Retriever does it again! In a press conference today at its new pet care space, AKC Canine Retreat, the American Kennel Club (AKC®), the nation’s largest purebred dog registry, announced that the intelligent, family friendly Lab firmly holds on to the number one spot on the most popular list for a record-breaking 26th consecutive year.
While the Labrador Retriever continues its reign as America’s dog, the Rottweiler has been slowly but surely rising up the list over the past decade. The confident, loyal and loving Rottie was the eighth most popular breed in 2016, its highest ranking since landing at number two in 1997. The Rottweiler has risen nine spots over the past decade and is poised for a comeback.
“The Labrador Retriever has a strong hold on the top spot, and doesn’t show signs of giving it up anytime soon,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “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.”
In addition to the country’s most popular, terriers were on the move in 2016. The Russell Terrier jumped a substantial 14 spots (104th to 90th), the Rat Terrier rose five spots (101st to 96th), the Parson Russell Terrier rose two spots (111th to 109th) and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier jumped five spots (172nd to 167th).

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7 Comments on “AKC’s Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2016”

  1. Can anyone guide me to the akc.org official 2016 popularity list?I want to see what place the Australian Shepherd is now!

  2. My family has had nothing but mutts, but one of them was a lab mix with greyhound lol. He was sweet, but dumb and would eat anything lol. If and when I do get a dog, I actually want a non-shedding dog because with our latest one, he’s a sweetie, but OMG his coat hair gets everywhere! He’s a hound/Australian cattle dog mix with who knows what else (a stray dog got to his momma before the owners could get her fixed lol). Plus I want a more independent breed who’s not going to get too depressed when I am not around. So I am looking at a terrier breed. My aunt has always had a terrier in her house and I love her dogs. She started out with a schnauzer but now has cairns.

    But it’s going to be some years before I get my own dog though because I still need to move out of my parents’ place. Even though I have a 4 year degree, it’s hard finding a job. One day it’ll happen. I just love dogs so much, I honestly can’t picture my life without them.

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