Sacré Bull! For First Time in 100 Years, French Bulldogs in AKC Top 10

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As usual for the past 24 years, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the United States, the American Kennel Club (AKC) reported today.

And in second and third places, just as they were last year, are the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever.

But the big news is that for the first time in a century — sacré bull! — the French Bulldog cracked the 2014 top 10.

Also gaining in popularity is the Bulldog, which reached its highest rank (No.4) in its breed history.

“The Lab truly is America’s dog,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo, “but the lovable Bulldog breeds are clamoring to dominate. Watch out for an upset next year.” Ruh roh!

Among other breeds becoming more popular over the last decade are the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, which jumped from 112th place in 2004 to 74th last year; Havanese (52nd to 25th place); Border Collie (60th to 39th); Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (118th to 96th) and the Black and Tan Coonhound (140th to 120th).

For the first time in 30 years, the Dachshund was not in the top 10, but oh-so-close to it at No. 11.

These were the 10 most popular breeds of 2014, with their 2013 ranking in parentheses. I’ve also included helpful links to national rescue organizations for these breeds. Adopt, don’t shop!

  1. Labrador Retriever (1)
  2. German Shepherd (2)
  3. Golden Retriever (3)
  4. Bulldog (5)
  5. Beagle (4)
  6. Yorkshire Terrier (6)
  7. Poodle (8)
  8. Boxer (7)
  9. French Bulldog (11)
  10. Rottweiler (9)

Here’s the complete 2014 AKC breed popularity list.

Photo credit: Moto “Club4AG” Miwa

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!