American Kennel Club names US's favorite dog breed

While some breeds remained as popular as ever, other breeds saw a spike in popularity last year

People really love Labrador retrievers.

The American Kennel Club announced the results of its annual survey of the nation's favorite dogs. 

While the Labrador retriever has held the top spot for the past 31 years, there were some surprises in this year's list.

Labrador dog playing outdoors

Once again, the Labrador retriever was named the most popular dog breed in the United States. (iStock)

The not-for-profit organization revealed the results of its survey in a press release. While the Lab held onto the top spot once again, there were some surprises on this year's list.

For the first time since 1997, the poodle ranked in the top five. The small breed of dog knocked out the bulldog, which has been in the top five every year since 2012.

Lazy Bulldog Puppy

The bulldog was knocked out of the top five for the first time since 2012. (iStock)

The American Kennel Club's executive secretary Gina DiNardo said, "The versatile, family-friendly Labrador Retriever has solidified itself as America's dog. With their loving, outgoing personality and eager-to-please attitude, it's no surprise that the Lab has been able to continue its record-breaking run as the most popular breed in the U.S. As always, we encourage people to do their research to make sure they are not just getting a purebred dog, but most importantly a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder."


This year, the French bulldog came in second place, while the Golden retriever took third. This was followed by the German shepherd in fourth place and the poodle in fifth.

White poodle playing in the yard.

The poodle made a return to the top five for the first time since 1997. (iStock)

The bulldog was knocked down to sixth place, followed by the beagle and then the rottweiler. 

The German shorthaired pointer came in ninth place and the Dachshund closed out the top ten.


The list was very similar to last year's, although the golden retriever and German shepherd switched spots, along with the poodle and bulldog.