NEW YORK, March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The French Bulldog took Los Angeles’ top spot once again in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2021 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the US

The French Bulldog was also recognized as the #1 pup in Miami, FL other Columbus, OH.

While the French Bulldog and Bulldog remain a constant favorite in the City of Angels, the Golden Retriever and Poodle have gained favor this past year, each jumping up one spot to land at #4 and #5, respectively. The German Shepherd Dog fell two spots to #6.

Los Angeles seems to be following the national trend of the Golden Retriever and Poodle gaining popularity,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for a variety of people.”

Los Angeles’ top 5 breeds for 2021:

  1. french bulldog
  2. Bulldog
  3. Labrador Retrievers
  4. Golden retriever
  5. poodle

* Registration data pulled from Los Angeles zip code as specified by US Postal Service

The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today at a virtual press conference at the AKC Museum of the Dog in NYC. No one can keep the Lab down! The ever-popular Labrador Retriever is the nation’s favorite dog for the 31st consecutive year.

While the loveable Lab remains a constant at the top of the charts, the Poodle has pawed its way back into the top five after 24 years, bumping the perennial favorite Bulldog out for the first time in almost a decade. The Bulldog has been a fixture among the top five most popular breeds since 2012.

Most Popular Breeds of 2021

1. Labrador retrievers

2. French Bulldog

3.Golden Retrievers

4.German Shepherd Dog

5. Poodles

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