The Labrador retrievers have now surpassed the poodle’s record as the most popular breed in the US for the 23rd year in a row. Poodles previously reigned for 22 straight years, according to the American Kennel Club.
“They are a very versatile dog,” stated New Jersey breeder Michael Wiest, who has raised labs for the past 45 years “They’ll adapt to just about anything.
German shepherds came in second, followed (in order of popularity) by the golden retrievers, beagles and English bulldogs, with Yorkies, boxers, poodles, Rottweilers and dachshunds rounding out the top ten on the AKC list.
Other breeds gaining in popularity are French bulldogs, considered to be “an ideal choice for owners in apartments and suburbs,” because they require a minimum of grooming and exercise, as well as .Great Danes and Doberman pinschers. In addition, some rare breeds such as Giant schnauzers and keeshonds seem to be making a big comeback.
"Owning bigger breeds has been on the rise during the past five years," noted American Kennel Club spokeswoman said Lisa Peterson."As the economy has improved, people are turning back to the big dogs they love, which cost more to feed and care for than the smaller breeds that saw a rise in popularity in 2007 and 2008," during the financial crisis, she told Reuters during a telephone interview.