Is the Labrador Retriever the most popular dog breed in the U.S.?

Labrador Retriever (Photo by OakleyOriginals - CC-BY)

Labrador Retriever (Photo by OakleyOriginals - CC-BY)

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide. According to American Kennel Club (AKC) dog registration statistics, the Labrador Retriever has been America’s top registered breed for the last 18 years.

Ranking of the most popular dogs in the U.S. (2008)
1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Bulldog
9. Poodle
10. Shih Tzu

123,760 Labrador Retrievers were registered with the AKC in 2006.  Yorkshire Terriers came in second with 48,346 registrations followed by German Shepherd Dogs with 43,575.

Labrador Retriever dogs are also very popular in Canada, Australia and the UK .

According to the Canadian Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever is Canada’s most popular dog and it has been the most registered breed for nine consecutive year (2008).

Canadian Kennel Club registrations (2008)
1. Labrador Retriever                  8,710
2. Golden Retriever                    5,386
3. German Shepherd Dog           4,429

In the UK, the Labrador retriever has been at the top of the list for the last 17 years.

UK Kennel Club Breed registrations (2008)
1. Retriever (Labrador)              45,233
2. Spaniel (Cocker)                  25,208
3. Spaniel (English Springer)    14,899

The Australian National Kennel Council Registration numbers confirm that the Labrador Retriever is the most registered dog breed from 2004 to the present.

Australian National Kennel Council registrations (2008)
1. Labrador Retriever                 4,264
2. German Shepherd Dog          4,208
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier         4,037

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Sources of information:
Canadian Kennel Club

UK Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Council

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1 Comment

  • Samantha says:

    Omg i have 2 labs 1 is really old he is a chocolate lab and his name is kody and the other is r newest he is 3 yrs. old he is a yellow lab and is american kody is english haha

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