Labs Extend Record As US Top Dog, But Bulldogs Make Waves

NEW YORK (AP) – The American Kennel Club is releasing its 2014 breed popularity rankings on Thursday.

They show Labrador retrievers reigned as the nation’s top dog for the 24th year. They broke poodles’ decades-old record in 2013.

But bulldogs have hit a new high: No. 4. Their smaller, bat-eared cousins, French bulldogs, sauntered into the top 10 for the first time in nearly a century. They’re now No. 9.

German shepherds, golden retrievers and beagles are holding their own in the top five. Yorkshire terriers, poodles, boxers and Rottweilers fill out the top 10.

Dachshunds slipped from 10th to 11th.

The AKC doesn’t release raw numbers, only rankings. They reflect puppies and other newly registered dogs.

THE TOP 10 FOR 2014:

1)Labrador retriever

2)German shepherd

3)Golden retriever

4)Bulldog

5)Beagle

6)Yorkshire terrier

7)Poodle

8)Boxer

9)French bulldog

10)Rottweiler

HOW THE LINEUP CHANGED:

The French bulldog entered the top 10 for the first time since the decade of the 1910s (the breed was ranked 11th in 2013). The dachshund dropped out; it was number 10 in 2013.

BREEDS ON THE MOVE:

The Havanese jumped from 52nd in 2004 to 25th last year, while the border collie rose from 60th to 39th. Meanwhile, the wirehaired pointing griffon rose from 112th to 74th, and the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever – which gained AKC recognition only in 2003 – moved from 118th to 96th.

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