America's Top Dog Breeds for 2011Published February 28, 2012
Earlier today, the American Kennel Club released their breed statistics for the 2011 calendar year, indicating (according to their registration) America's top dog breeds by popularity. Some of the dogs who made the list might surprise you, while others (like the Labrador Retriever) may not:
2011's Most Popular Dog Breeds (as per the American Kennel Club)
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd Dog
- Golden Retriever
- Yorkshire Terrier
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Labrador Retriever is still America's most popular dog, claiming the honor for the 21st consecutive year.
Notably, however, seems to be America's growing propensity to lean towards larger dog breeds, such as the Labrador Retriever and the Rottweiler, as opposed to smaller dogs like the Pekingese (who won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in the form of Malachy the Pekingese).
Other notable trends included coonhounds (the Black and Tan Coonhound, Bluetick Coonhound and Redbone Coonhound) seemingly falling out of favor, while terriers (the Yorkshire Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier) seemed to gain popularity.
What are your thoughts on the AKC releasing their top dog breeds for 2011. Do you own a dog breed that made the list? Share in a comment!