Labradors are here to stay. They are not yet ready to let go of their grip over American dog lovers. Labrador Retrievers are the most loved dogs in America. However, as per data released by the AKC, the German Shorthaired Pointers are at the top.
Labradors are making the top spot their very own by coming first for the record-breaking 28th year consecutively. Not to mention, there’s been a lot of steady movement over time. All types of Labs(including English Lab, Silver Lab, Yellow Lab, Chocolate Lab, Black Lab) have a big hold in the people’s life and soul all the time.
Let’s analyze the 2018 dog popularity rankings:
The Best of the Best- Top 10 Popular Breeds
Behind labs, the first five popular dog breeds include –
The second half consists of-
Labradors broke the record for the most popular dog back in 2013. Dog lovers credit the Labrador Retriever ’s amiable aptitude and nature in many dog roles including therapy dogs, dog-sport competitor, gun dogs, service dog, and bomb sniffer.
At number nine, the GSP( German shorthaired pointer) gained its best ranking since 1930. These cute versatile, hunting dogs are multi-faceted and work as active companions, bomb-detectors, and drug sniffers.
The everpresent French bulldog occupies the fourth spot for a second time in a row, after rising from the 83rd sport two decades ago.
The popularity rankings indicate the breed’s acceptance amongst the staggering 5,80,900 purebred dogs and puppies newly registered in 2018. Out of the total registered dogs, some 88,175 dogs are Labrador retrievers.
According to AKC, registrations are not compulsory, but the last six years have been phenomenal.
Experts put the number of dogs between a mammoth 70 million to 90 million.
The New Entrant Beagles
Beagles, now at the sixth position, can claim to be unique. No dog breed made into the top 10 in almost all the decade since the 1880s.
Beagles have an excellent sense of humor. Moreover, they are a good family companion. In addition, Beagles are comfortable and low-maintenance dogs.
They also work sniffing out plants and meat at airports and hunt rabbits.
The Most Rarest of All Dog Breeds
Pronounced SLOO’-ghee, the Sloughi earned AKC recognition just three years ago. This dog substitutes the Norwegian Lundehund in this category.
The Reality Behind Popularity
Many criteria can streamline a breed’s popularity- celebrity owners, exposure from movies and TV, and ease of maintenance, and so on.
Popularity data can increase knowledge about a particular breed.
The Purebred Factor
Critics complain that the AKC can do more to prevent puppy mills. The club says encouraging breeds will help preserve traits of dogs that do certain jobs.