AKC's behaviors led me to wonder if the USA is the only country with a big Lab problem. With more difficulty than I imagined, I did find data on Labs' annual registrations with major kennel clubs in other countries. How popular are Labs in other countries? Here's the Table:
|Country||Population||Annual Lab||# Labs/|
|Data are from published kennel club reports. US and UK figures for annual registrations differ from their reports of total registrations by breed.|
Suppose the US had as many Labradors per capita as Sweden does. There would be 174,000 Labs registered per year with the AKC, far greater number than the 38,000 registered in a good year. At any one time, the AKC could have a million registered Labrador retrievers.
It's hard to imagine how the AKC would react, if Labs' popularity increased four-fold, relative to other breeds. Perhaps, the AKC should accept Labs for the hugely popular breed they are around the world and give them the attention they deserve. Being recognized in AKC conformation shows would be a good start.