Scott Dible of Fairborn enjoys a sample of wine with his Labrador retreiver Einzig while attending the Dogtoberfest fundraiser for the Clark County Humane Society at Brandeberry Winery on Saturday, October 2, 2010.
Photo: Barbara Perenic
Photo: Barbara Perenic

Labrador Retriever still the most popular dog breed in Atlanta

Atlantans still love their Labrador Retrievers.

The even-tempered dogs known for being gentle and intelligent have remained the most popular breed in the nation for the 27th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 2017 rankings of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

Labs have been on top since 1991 when they unseated Cocker Spaniels from the number one slot.

Not only are Labs most popular in Atlanta, they claimed the top billing in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Raleigh, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

The Labrador Retriever kept its title as the most popular dog in the United States, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings for a 26th straight year. "The Labrador Retriever has a strong hold on the top spot, and doesn’t show signs of giving it up anytime soon," AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a news release. "The Lab is such a versatile dog that it’s no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles." The top 10 is completed with German shepherds, golden retrievers, b

In fact, the top dogs haven’t changed much with one exception. Bulldogs moved up to number five in Atlanta, booting the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel out of the top five for 2017.

“The Labrador Retriever held strongly to the number one spot in Atlanta,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo in a statement. “But the Bulldog is certainly pawing its way up the ranks, landing only one place behind its cousin, the French Bulldog.”

Other breeds moving up in Atlanta are Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers and Rottweilers which all claimed spots in the top ten.

Here are the top 5 dog breeds in Atlanta: 

  1. Labrador Retriever 
  2. Golden Retriever
  3. German Shepherd Dog
  4. French Bulldog
  5. Bulldog

The list pretty much mirrors national preferences except German Shepherds rank higher across the country than in Atlanta.

Here are the most popular breeds nationwide for 2017: 

  1. Labrador Retriever 
  2. German Shepherd Dog
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. French Bulldog
  5. Bulldog

The French Bulldog made the biggest moves in 2017, jumping two spots to number four in the national rankings and knocking the Beagle out of the top five for the first time in 20 years. 

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Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone has been a features writer for the AJC since 2006 covering people, places, pop culture and news, in and beyond metro Atlanta. She also writes...
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