2012 AKC Top Retriever Breeds

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A Yellow Labrador Retriever named "Chloe" after a successful Goose Hunt

A Yellow Labrador Retriever named “Chloe” after a successful Goose Hunt.

Is it hard to believe that the most popular in America for the last 22 consecutive years is the Labrador Retriever? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC®) nationwide registration statistics, out of 177 recognized breeds, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular. The Golden Retriever has moved back up the rankings to the fourth popular spot.

What about the other retriever breeds? Here are the AKC statistics over the last 12 years.

Breed
2012
2011
2010
2009
2007
2006
2005
2002
2001
2000
Labrador Retriever
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Golden Retriever
3
4
5
4
4
4
2
2
2
2
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
46
46
48
49
47
50
41
42
41
41
Flat-Coated Retriever
91
90
103
106
100
100
98
98
98
98
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
102
107
107
110
110
113
2005
na
na
na
Curly-Coated Retriever
153
154
146
145
143
137
129
128
129
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 are maintaining their spot in the Top 5 over the last 5 years, with German Shepherd Dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Bulldogs, and Beagles trading top rankings.

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers dropped in popularity around 2006 but have been making a move in the positive direction ever since. Over the last year, the breed that surpassed the Chesapeake’s in popularity was the Akita.

Flat-Coated Retrievers maintained steady popularity from 2000 to 2007, dropped a few spots through 2010, and are maintaining a positive popular trend. Some of the breeds that were surpassed by Flat Coats in popularity are Standard Schnauzers and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, whereas Afghan Hounds and Norwich Terriers moved downward in relative popularity.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers were not yet a recognized breed in the year 2002 but ever since they were, the breed has seen an upward trend. Over the years, Duck Tollers have surpassed the following breeds in popularity: Welsh Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, and Leonbergers.

Curly-Coated Retrievers have dropped in popularity over the last 10 years. Some of the breeds that were less popular but have surpassed Curly Coats in popularity over the last year are the Pulik and Polish Lowland Sheepdogs whereas the Irish Water Spaniel moved downward in relative popularity since 2011.

Top Breeds in Major Areas in the United States

AKC also reported the Top 5 breeds from major cities in the U.S. for 2012. Of these 25 cities, both Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers were in the Top 5 except for Detroit, Houston, Miami, New York City, and Philadelphia. In most cities, the Labrador Retriever was more popular than the Golden Retriever.

City Labrador 2012 Labrador 2011 Labrador 2010 Golden 2012 Golden 2011 Golden 2010
Albany 1 1 1 4 3 2
Baltimore 1 1 1 2 4 4
Boston 1 1 1 2 3 2
Buffalo 2 2 1 3 3 3
Chicago 2 2 1 4 3 3
Cincinnati 2 1 1 3 3 3
Dallas 1 1 1 3 4 2
Denver 1 1 1 2 3 3
Detroit 3 4 4 >5 na 7
Honolulu 1 2 1 2 na 5
Houston 1 1 1 >5 6 6
Long Island 1 1 1 3 2 3
Los Angeles 2 3 3 5 6 5
Miami 4 4 4 >5 9 na
New York City 1 2 2 >5 8 na
Northern New Jersey 1 1 1 4 4 6
Orlando 2 1 1 4 7 8
Philadelphia 1 2 3 >5 7 7
Portland 1 1 1 2 3 3
Raleigh 1 1 1 4 4 4
San Francisco 1 1 1 3 2 2
Seattle 1 1 1 2 2 2
Washington D. C. 1 1 1 3 5 7

Other breeds are becoming more popular than retrievers in certian cities. The breeds other than retrievers that cities had in their Top 5: German Shepherd Dog, Boxer, Dachshund, Bulldog, Rottweiler, Yorkshire Terrier, French Bulldog, Beagle, and Poodle.

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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