French Bulldog Takes Top Spot as NYC’s #1 Breed for 2016


Once again, the French Bulldog took the NYC top spot in the 2016 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The French Bulldog was also recognized as the #1 pup in San Fransisco, Honolulu, and West Palm Beach.

The Labrador Retriever was NYC’s 2nd most popular dog, which ended the Bulldog breeds’ hold on the top two spots in the city’s rankings. Making their debut in the top 10 popular breeds in NYC is the Shiba Inu, jumping from 11th in 2015 to 9th this year.

“After being a one-two punch in NYC for years, the Bulldogs were separated by the wildly popular Labrador Retriever” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “The Frenchie remains the top dog in NYC, and their popularity has been growing across the country.”

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French Bulldog Photo Credit: (C) American Kennel Club

New York City’s Top 5 Breeds for 2016

1. French Bulldog

2. Labrador Retriever

3. Bulldog

4. German Shepherd Dog

5. Poodle

* Registration data pulled from New York City zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

True to the diversity of NYC, there were notable favorites among the city’s distinct neighborhoods:

  • Astoria: Bulldog
  • Chelsea: French Bulldog
  • East Village: Bulldog
  • Financial District: French Bulldog
  • Murray Hill: French Bulldog
  • New Dorp: German Shepherd Dog
  • Park Slope: French Bulldog
  • Riverdale: Havanese
  • Tribeca: Bulldog
  • Upper East Side: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Upper West Side: Labrador Retriever
  • Washington Heights: French Bulldog

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