Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America’s Most Popular

New York, N.Y. — The French Bulldog is sitting pretty in the hearts of L.A. dog lovers as it retains its top spot in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2018 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The French Bulldog was also recognized as the #1 pup in West Palm Beach and Sacramento.

The Shiba Inu moved up five spots in 2018, kicking the Rottweiler out of L.A.’s top ten. The city’s love for the Siberian Husky also grew this past year, as they climbed the ranks from number 25 all the way up to 11.

“The French Bulldog remained L.A.’s top dog in 2018,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “However, its English cousin, the Bulldog, remains only one spot behind once again.”

Los Angeles’ top 10 breeds for 2018:

Los Angeles’ Most Popular Breeds 2018

1. French Bulldog

2. Bulldog

3. German Shepherd Dog

4. Labrador Retriever

5. Golden Retriever

6. Poodle

7. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

8. Yorkshire Terrier

9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

10. Shiba Inu

* Registration data pulled from Los Angeles zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today in a press conference at the AKC Museum of the Dog in NYC. The Labrador Retriever once again breaks records! The loveable Lab remains the number one most popular breed in the United States for the 28th year.

While the Labrador Retriever continues its reign at the top, the German Shorthaired Pointer has been quietly climbing the charts over the past decade. This versatile, all-purpose hunter came in at number nine in 2018 – it’s highest position since becoming recognized in 1930.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2018

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog

3. Golden Retriever

4. French Bulldog

5. Bulldog

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: Interviews on the most popular dogs in the U.S. or in your city can be arranged by contacting Jessica Rice at or 212-696-8346. Photos are available to members of the media upon request.]


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