The American Kennel Club, the nation’s largest purebred dog registry, announced this week that the intelligent, family friendly breed holds tight to the number one spot on the most popular list for the 25th consecutive year, continuing the longest reign as the nation’s top dog in AKC history.
While the Lab is clearly America’s dog, the French Bulldog is poised for a takeover. The affectionate and playful breed continues to win the hearts of dog lovers everywhere, jumping three spots to number six in 2015.
In addition to the country’s most popular, the movers and shakers of 2015 were the bigger breeds. The Cane Corso jumped 12 spots (47th to 35th), the Norwegian Elkhound rose 12 spots (100th to 88th), the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon jumped eight spots (74th to 66th), the Belgian Malinois moved up eight spots (59th to 51st), the Belgian Tervuren rose eight spots (106th to 98th), and the Leonberger jumped eight spots (101st to 93rd), among others.
2015 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Golden Retriever
7. Yorkshire Terrier