What are the 5 most popular dog breeds in Atlanta?

March 21, 2017
Staff Writer
The Labrador Retriever continues its reign as the top dog in Dayton, according to county dog license registration data. CONTRIBUTED

Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Atlanta’s top spot in the American Kennel Club’s 2016 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S. 

 The Labrador Retriever, known for being friendly and outgoing, was also recognized as the #1 pup in several other cities including Denver, Boston and Seattle, according to AKC, founded in 1884, and a not-for-profit organization which maintains a registry of purebred dogs and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States

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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have climbed the ranks in Atlanta, increasing from eighth to fifth. Boxers, Rottweilers and Yorkshire Terriers fell out of favor, all losing their place in the top ten in 2016. Similarly, Doberman Pinschers, Miniature Schnauzers and German Shorthaired Pointers have climbed the ranks, placing at 7th, 8th and 10th, respectively.  

“There have been many changes in the top ten most popular breeds in Atlanta,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a press release. “The Labrador Retriever still holds strongly to the top spot, with the Golden Retriever right behind it.” 

 Atlanta’s top 5 breeds for 2016: 

 1. Labrador Retriever 

2. Golden Retriever 

3. German Shepherd Dog 

4. French Bulldog 

5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 

Note: Registration data pulled from Atlanta zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service 

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Riviera Beach Police K9 Gin, 2, is a German Shepherd specializing in patrol and narcotics detection. German Shepherds are one of the most popular breeds in Atlanta and across the country. (Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post) 021517

 While the Labrador Retriever continues its reign as America’s dog, the Rottweiler has been slowly but surely rising up the list over the past decade. The confident, loyal and loving Rottie was the eighth most popular breed in 2016, its highest ranking since landing at number two in 1997. The Rottweiler has risen nine spots over the past decade and is poised for a comeback. 

1. Labrador Retriever 

2. German Shepherd Dog 

3. Golden Retriever 

4. Bulldog 

5. Beagle 

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