I see Labrador and Golden retrievers all over the place. My dad’s got a black lab, and there are 2 golden labs in my neighborhood alone. My Aunt has 3 of them. I wanted to test my knowledge and see if I was anywhere close in guessing the top breeds in America, and the 5 I picked (from least popular to number one) were 5) Miniature Schnauzer, 4) Yorkie, 3) Golden retriever 2) Australian Shepard and numero uno I picked was the Labrador retriever. I based my choices upon the dogs I see the most around here, and a Border collie almost made the cut, but I figured nationwide this farm dog is likely not all too popular. I’m likely way off on the Aussie as well, but I love the breed too much not to be biased and put them in there. Did I come anywhere close to the real popular breeds in America?
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) the 5 most popular dogs in America are, from least fave to number one:
Beagle, Golden Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie), German Shepard, and, drum roll please….the Labrador Retriever! So I guessed the number one spot on (anybody can see how popular this “forever puppy”, super friendly, trainable and useful dog really is), and I put 2 other correct dogs, the Yorkie and Golden, in the list, even if they were in the wrong place. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
The AKC also says that certain breeds of dog are popular in different states. California loves the Bulldog (who wouldn’t- look at that wrinkly face and the funny way they breathe!), and no surprise, the Bull Terrier (AKA pitbull) is a favorite in New Jersey. The only state that doesn’t have the Labrador in their top 5 of dog breeds is Rhode Island, where the German Shepard has taken over. I would bet money that in Idaho, the Border Collie, Australian Cattle dog (mean, nasty, rotten dogs- I hate them), Australian Shepard, and Labrador retriever, along with the Chesapeake Bay retriever top the list for top 5. Just saying.
It varies from city to city, and state to state, but overall the Labrador retriever consistently wins America’s heart, and has been doing so for the last two decades, according to AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. These gentle, loyal giants just fit in with our lifestyles, children, extracurricular activities, and make the perfect breed of dog for nearly anyone.