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Published On: Wed, Apr 25th, 2018

French Bulldog is Atlanta’s Top Dog: National Averages Remain Static

With summer around the corner, dog owners are taking to outdoor restaurants and patios to enjoy the warmer weather alongside their furry friends. Dog ownership nationwide is 29% percent higher than it was a decade ago, and if you hadn’t already noticed, pet-friendly hotels and restaurants have risen in popularity as well.

In appreciation of America’s love of everything dog-related, the American Kennel Club has updated its list of the most popular dogs in the United States.

photo/ Alexandr Ivanov

The National Numbers

The top three dog breeds in the US haven’t changed for the last five years: the Labrador Retriever (1), German Shepherd (2), and Golden Retriever (3) take top honors.

Bulldogs come in fourth place, a position they’ve held to since 2014; the French Bulldog comes in sixth.

In fifth place we have Beagles; they’ve retained that honor since 2014. Remarkably, not a single dog breed changed rankings from 2016-2017, according to the AKC. We’ll have to see how things shake out in 2018.

What is Georgia’s favorite dog?

It would appear that Georgia doesn’t stray far from the national average, a fact reiterated by Critter Sitters, an Atlanta dog walking service. The Peach State prefers the Labrador Retriever to any other breed.

Atlanta, on the other hand, prefers the French Bulldog, only the sixth-most popular dog on a national level. Residents of urban areas often prefer smaller dogs because of smaller yards (or the lack thereof), so this departure from Georgia’s statewide preference isn’t a surprise.

How Dog-Friendly is Atlanta?

The Trust for Public Land has taken the time to weigh the pros and cons of 100 of America’s top cities related to pet ownership; of the 100 cities ranked, Atlantic came in at #2.

According to the trust, there are 0.9 dog parks in Atlanta per 100,000 residents (over 442K total residents). Atlanta’s four dog parks are still better than 48 other cities on the list.

The national leaders as far a dog parks are concerned are Boise, Idaho, and Portland, Oregon.

Author: Adam Gingery

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