Same as it ever was: Americans love their Labs

March 23, 2017

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recently released its rankings for the most popular dog breeds in 2016, and again declared the Labrador retriever as the most popular — for the 26th consecutive year.

Besides the fact many think they’re 80-pound lap dogs, and their happy tails can clear end tables of beverages and snacks in a nanosecond, what’s not to like about lovable Labs?

Golden, black or chocolate, they’re affectionate, loyal and energetic, always up for a swim or endless game of fetch, and oh my, even the thought of a car ride can clear an end table. Who’s a good boy?

“The Labrador retriever has a strong hold on the top spot, and doesn’t show signs of giving it up anytime soon,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo in an article. “The Lab is such a versatile dog that it’s no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles. Keep your eye on the Rottweiler, though. It’s been quietly winning hearts over the past decade.”

German shepherds again finished second in the AKC’s rankings, although a German shepherd named Lockenhaus' Rumor Has It V Kenlyn (“Rumor” among friends) was recently named Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. That’s something I guess.

Beagles again made AKC’s top 10, making it the only breed to be in the club’s top 10 every decade since the AKC was founded in 1884.

The AKC’s top 12 breeds for 2016

  1. Labrador retriever

  2. German shepherd

  3. Golden retriever

  4. Bulldog

  5. Beagle

  6. French bulldog

  7. Poodle

  8. Rottweiler

  9. Yorkshire terrier

  10. Boxer

  11. Pointer

  12. Siberian husky

For a complete list of the AKC’s top 189 breeds, click here.