2010 AKC Top Breeds

| June 8, 2011 | 2 Comments
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Which breed is the most popular in America today?  According to the American Kennel Club (AKC®) nationwide registration statistics, out of 167 recognized breeds, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular. In fact the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog for 20 consecutive years!  Amazing!

What about the other retriever breeds? Here are the AKC statistics over the last 10 years.

Breed
2010
2009
2005
2000
Labrador Retriever
1
1
1
1
Golden Retriever
5
4
2
2
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
48
49
49
41
Flat-Coated Retriever
103
106
98
98
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
107
110
113
na
Curly-Coated Retriever
146
145
130
130

Below are some historical comparisons identifying breeds that retrievers have surpassed or have been surpassed by that resulted in their current ranking.

Golden Retrievers have moved down in the rankings over the last 5 years, with German Shepherd Dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, and Beagles moving up to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spot respectively.

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have also moved down in the rankings since 2000 but have been maintaining their position over the last 5 years. The breeds that were less popular but have surpassed Chesapeake’s in popularity over that last 10 years are Papillons, Vizslas, Bloodhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Border Collies.

Flat-Coated Retrievers maintained their ranking from the years 2000 to 2005, dropped eight spots in 2009, and made a comeback of three spots in 2010. The breeds that were less popular but have surpassed Flat Coats in popularity over that last 10 years are Norwich Terriers, Standard Schnauzers, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers were not a recognized breed in the year 2000 but ever since they were, the breed has seen an upward trend. Over the years, Duck Tollers have surpassed the following breeds in popularity: Australian Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Belgian Sheepdogs, American Eskimo Dogs, Pointers, and Belgian Tervurens.

Curly-Coated Retrievers have dropped in popularity over the last 10 years. The breeds that were less popular but have surpassed Curly Coats in popularity over that last 10 years are Puliks, Kuvaszok, Swedish Vallhunds, Greyhounds, German Pinschers, Black Russian Terriers, and Field Spaniels.

Top Breeds in Major Areas in the United States

AKC also reports the Top 5 breeds from major cities in the U.S. The Labrador Retriever ranked in the top 5 for all the cities shown while the Golden Retriever ranked in the top 5 for all but 9 of the cities (Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Long Island, Miami, New York City, Newark, Orlando, and Washington D.C.). The only cities that did not rank the Labrador Retriever as their top dog were Detroit, Lost Angeles, Miami, and New York City. The breeds that outranked Labradors in those cities were the German Shepherd Dog, Yorkshire Terrier, Rottweiler, and Bulldog.

City Labrador Golden
Albany 1 3
Atlanta 1 2
Austin 1 2
Baltimore 1 4
Boston 1 2
Buffalo 1 3
Chicago 1 3
Cincinnati 1 3
Dallas 1 2
Denver 1 3
Detroit 4 na
Honolulu 1 5
Houston 1 na
Kansas City 1 na
Long Island 1 na
Los Angeles 3 5
Miami 4 na
New York City 2 na
Newark 1 na
Northern New Jersey 1 5
Orlando 1 na
Portland 1 3
Raleigh 1 4
San Francisco 1 2
Seattle 1 2
Washington D.C. 1 na

The cities that had breeds other than retrievers as their top breeds were:

  • Detroit – the breeds that outranked retrievers were the German Shepherd Dog, Yorkshire Terrier, and Rottweiler
  • Los Angeles – the breeds that outranked retrievers were the Bulldog and German Shepherd Dog
  • Miami – the breeds that outranked retrievers were the German Shepherd Dog, Yorkshire Terrier, and Rottweiler
  • New York City – the breed that outranked retrievers was the Yorkshire Terrier

For more details, please visit the American Kennel Club site.

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Lorraine

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Lorraine has owned Labradors for over 20 years and has bred them about half that time. A good day for Lorraine is experiencing the unbridled joy of her labs greeting her (in the morning, after work, or even after a short trip to the store), witnessing the pure happiness of her labs in the field retrieving or exploring on a hike, and snuggling with (or under) them on the couch at night. A great day is a good day (just described) plus having a litter of puppies around!

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  1. Jose Antonio says:

    Somebody can give the names of the first 5 breeds of golden retrievers in USA.

    • Toni says:

      I assume you mean the top five Goldens in conformation competition:

      1. GCH CH Summits Emery Its In The Bag
      2. GCH CH Shadowland’s Paws For Applause At Tristar CD RA
      3. GCH CH Scion Hott Pants RN
      4. GCH CH Eagleridge’s Return From Bombay
      5. GCH CH White Birch Darby Hill Light My Fire

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