The American Kennel Club recently released its list of most popular breeds for 2014. Most popular among urban city dwellers, the Frenchies take Manhattan! (that's French Bulldogs folks, not to be confused with Muppets)
While across the nation, Americans remain faithful to their loyal top-dog, the Labrador Retriever.
New York's Most Popular Dogs
The lovable, mild-tempered, and squishy faced French Bulldog is the most popular purebred breed in New York City. Their English Bulldog cousin follows up in the No.2 slot. The Big Apple is home to many large breeds too - - the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Golden Retriever round out the Top 5 spots in that order.
Dogs popularity varies by neighborhood:
Tribeca, Park Slope, Murray Hill, the Financial District, East Village and Chelsea love their Frenchies.
Upper Westsiders favor the Labrador Retriever.
Astoria dog lovers prefer the bulldog, while the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is tops among Upper Eastsiders.
Most Popular Dog Breeds in America
The most popular breed in the United States is still the Labrador Retriever. The intelligent, family friendly breed held onto the number one spot on the "most popular" list for the 24th consecutive year, continuing the longest reign as the nation’s top dog in American Kennel Club history.
While the Lab holds strong, the Bulldog has quietly crept up the list, landing this year at number four for the first time. This is the highest ranking in the breed's history. Bulldogs make excellent family companions with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with children, an easy-to-care-for coat, and minimal exercise requirements.
Meanwhile, the popular French Bulldog continues its quest for the number one spot, breaking into the top 10 for the first time in nearly 100 years. This year the Frenchie finds himself at number nine, knocking the Dachshund out of the top 10 for the first time since 1985.
AKC 2014 top ten breeds:
1. Labrador Retriever
One of the most sweet-natured breeds, Labs are outgoing, eager to please, and friendly with both people and other animals. Aside from a winning personality, their intelligence and eagerness to please make them easy to train. And training is definitely necessary because this breed has a lot of energy and exuberance.
2. German Shepherd Dog
An intelligent and capable working dog, the German Shepherd shows great devotion and courage. Amazingly versatile, they excel at most anything they may be trained to do: guide work for the handicapped, police and military service, herding, and of course faithful companionship too.
3. Golden Retriever
The breed's friendly, patient demeanor makes him a fabulous family pet, as well as a highly capable, intelligent working dog. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters, tracking, sniffing out drugs, and as therapy and assistance dogs. Born athletes, Goldens perform at dog agility and competitive obedience.
Today's Bulldogs are affectionate and kind. Resolute and courageous, but they aren't out to pick a fight. They often have a calm dignity about them when they are mature, and while they are friendly and playful, they can be a bit stubborn. Bulldogs seek people out for attention and enjoy nothing more than being beside their family.
Compact and hardy, the Beagle is a happy, inquisitive, shorthaired hound who makes a great family companion, an eager hunter in the field — or both!
6. Yorkshire Terrier
Glamorous but feisty, the Yorkshire Terrier has a vivacious spirit and a loving heart.
Beautiful, sophisticated, and intelligent, the Poodle stands out in the crowd. Behind the blue ribbons, poofy hairdos, and regal attitude, you'll find an affectionate family dog with an ancient history and many talents.
Square-jawed and muscular, the Boxer is the George Clooney of the dog world, a hunk with a sense of humor and an underlying sweetness.
9. French Bulldog
Bat-eared but oddly beautiful, the French Bulldog clown face has a growing appeal. Small but substantial in build, this is the ideal big dog mentality in a small dog package! With an easygoing personality, the Frenchie likes to play, but also enjoys spending many a day relaxing on the sofa. Frenchies are intelligent free thinkers so make sure they know training is their favorite game.
Like the mythical Greek hero Hercules, the Rottweiler is strong and true with a loving heart. A well-bred Rottweiler is calm and confident. Typically aloof toward strangers, Rottweilers exhibit a "wait-and-see" attitude that makes them a natural guard dog with a mellow disposition.