In comparison to last year’s ranking, the top ten breeds remain the same, but there have been some shifts in the popularity scale. The top two breeds, the Labrador Retriever and the German Shepherd Dog, are the same as in 2011. The Golden Retriever and Beagle switched spots this year, representing the third and fourth spots on the list, respectively. The bulldog has broken its way into the top 5, knocking the Yorkshire Terrier into 6th place for the first time since 2003.
The top breeds for 2012 mark a rise in the popularity of the bigger breeds. "Bigger breeds are making their move," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The popularity of the pint-sized, portable pooch just gave way to a litter of larger breeds in the Top 10. These predictable, durable, steady breeds, like Labs and Goldens, are great with kids and offer the whole family more dog to love."
According to the AKC, notable trends among the list for 2012 include a rise in the popularity of Mastiff-type breeds. Over the past decade, the Mastiff moved up from 34th to 26th , the Bullmastiff from 47th to 39th. “Bully” breeds, such as the Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier are also making strong gains. Among the groups, sporting breeds such as the Spinone Italiano, Boykin Spaniel and Welsh Springer Spaniel, moved up the list.
The top ten most popular dog breeds in the U.S. for 2012 are
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Golden Retriever
6. Yorkshire Terrier
Although there are no specific numbers available for Sacramento, nearby San Francisco’s five most popular breeds are
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