Bulldog Back On Top 10 Popular Dog List


The American Kennel Club announced that the Bulldog, a popular sports team mascot and one of the most recognizable and iconic purebred dogs, has muscled its way into the 10th spot on the organization’s annual list of the most popular breeds in America according to AKC’s 2007 registration figures. The Labrador Retriever retains the title of “Top Dog”— a position it has now held for 17 consecutive years.

“This is the first time the Bulldog has made it onto the top ten list since 1935,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “This breed appeals to a very wide range of dog lovers so it’s no surprise that it is a favorite amongst AKC’s 157 breeds. The Bulldog is both docile and adaptive, and can thrive in small or large homes. It’s an excellent all-around family pet.”

The Bulldog was first recognized by the AKC in 1886 – just two years after the organization’s founding – and was most popular in 1915 when it peaked in 5th place. The breed’s popularity ebbed and flowed throughout the mid-20th century, but since hitting a low of 41st place in 1973, its ranking has steadily increased.

Here is the list of the 2007 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Poodle
9. Shih Tzu
10. Bulldog

The AKC looked at the Top 10 breeds in the nation’s 50 largest cities. Some highlights:
The Bulldog is most popular in Los Angeles where is it currently ranked 2nd right after the Lab.

Despite having one of the world’s most beloved and renowned Bulldogs as the mascot for its state college sports team – University of Georgia’s “Uga,” – Atlanta is one of the few cities in the nation that did not include the Bulldog in its Top 10.

The Poodle and Dachshund, who each once enjoyed the top spot in Manhattan (2006, 2005 for the Poodle and 2004 for the Dachshund) now share a tie for 3rd place, ousted by America’s top choice, the Labrador Retriever.

Detroit, Knoxville, Miami, Honolulu and Orlando are the only cities that do not have the Labrador Retriever in the top spot. Detroit and Miami favor the German Shepherd, Orlando puts the Yorkie in 1st place, Honolulu the Golden Retriever and Knoxville the Boxer.

Salt Lake City is the only city to place the Shih Tzu in one of its top two spots. It moved from 3rd in 2006 to 2nd in 2007.

The only cities to not have the Yorkie on their lists are Buffalo, Milwaukee and Des Moines. And, Des Moines had the most unique list of all 50 cities, considering that it shared only four dogs with the national Top 10.

The Miniature Schnauzer, which was displaced on the national list this year by the Bulldog, still claims top dog status in Oklahoma City where it ranks 3rd, higher than in any other U.S. city.
San Francisco and Los Angeles were the only cities in the nation to include the French Bulldog in their Top 10 lists.

Some of the most notable recent trends include:
The Miniature Schnauzer was bumped off the Top 10 list in 2007 to make room for the Bulldog.
The Yorkshire Terrier held steady in 2nd place, after making news last year by displacing the Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.
The Havanese, a small dog with a coat type that is a good choice for people with allergies, has enjoyed the greatest surge in popularity since 1997, increasing 994%. It now ranks as the 37th most popular breed.
Other small dogs (under 20 lbs.) that have gained popularity in the past decade include the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (+406%), the French Bulldog (+404%) and the Brussels Griffon (+157%).
Large dogs with notable increases are two Swiss breeds — the Bernese Mountain Dog (+74%) and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (+127%) — as well as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (+130%).
Breeds on the decline include the Rottweiler (-81%) and the Dalmatian (-96%). Many breeds of Asian origins are also waning in popularity: Chow Chows (-84%), Pekingese (-79%), Akitas (-76%), Lhasa Apso (-75%), Chinese Shar-Pei (-73%) and Shiba Inu (-38%).

7 Responses to “Bulldog Back On Top 10 Popular Dog List”

  1. kathy says:

    Our rescue group sees more labs and lab mixes than anything else. Pits are next, Beagles up and coming since one irresponsible breeder started selling them to the locals…….For whatever that’s worth.

  2. EmilyS says:

    the bulldog of 1886 has very little to do with the slug like creature called the bulldog today. You can hardly recogonize them as the same breed.

  3. Nora and Rufus says:

    Yea, all the black labs dumped at kill shelters, waiting to be adopted or euthanized…..pathetic. And all the designer puppies straight from their poor mothers wombs at the horrid puppy mills, sitting and many dying in painful wire cages at places like “Petland” and the like. So many made “popular” by AKC Top Ten lists. And the groups of Beagles (also overflowing at the kill shelters) being “experimented” on by Menu Foods. Torture is a better word for it. An English Bulldog is a very high maintinence dog, with special needs from skin to respriatory to assisted births (cesarian section). They are not a dog for the uninformed or irresponsible!!!!! They are also a joy to their owners who love and care for them.

  4. KAEfamily says:

    What does AKC knows?!! Our terrier mutt and border collie mutt from the pound are ALWAYS # 1 on our list :-D

  5. G in INdiana says:

    These dogs are not for the novice, that is for sure. I have had dogs for years and would not take one of these on due to the specialized care and attention they need. My husband wanted one until I pointed out how much work they are to take care of as opposed to our wash and wear mutts. He changed his mind PDQ.

  6. icr says:

    In a more sane and intelligent world the misnamed Bulldog(English) would be allowed to go extinct. The continued existence of a breed with so many health and structural problems is one more monument to man’s inhumanity to animals. The American Bulldog and APBT/Staff are far more related to the original bulldog lineages than the “Bulldog”- which is really more of a giant Pug.

  7. AnneLouise says:

    Today’s Bulldog is a “Slug -like creature” (?!) Geez, you sound a little harsh!

    Frankly, I was surprised that the Jack Russell wasn’t on there.

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