Labrador Retriever Again Tops Popular Dog Breeds List

In the ranking of dog breeds by the American Kennel Club, the mighty bulldog pushes its way into the Top 5. Share your photos of your favorite breed!

The American Kennel Club released its annual list of the most popular breeds in America. For the 22nd year in a row, the Labrador retriever is Number 1.

The 2012 Top Ten list had a few shake-ups, as the Yorkshire terrier dropped to sixth place and the bulldog moved into fifth. The golden retriever and beagle also swapped spots between 2011 and 2012.

"Bigger breeds are making their move," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson in a press release. "The popularity of the pint-sized, portable pooch just gave way to a litter of larger breeds in the Top 10. These predictable, durable, steady breeds, like Labs and Goldens, are great with kids and offer the whole family more dog to love."

Here is the full list:

2012 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.   1. Labrador Retriever 2. German Shepherd Dog 3. Golden Retriever 4. Beagle 5. Bulldog 6. Yorkshire Terrier 7. Boxer 8. Poodle 9. Rottweiler 10. Dachshund

Here is the AKC's ranking of all 177 breeds that it recognizes.

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Mark Williams February 02, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Labrador Retriever the top breed headline but the picture is of a Golden Retriever!
Ronda B February 03, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Yes, that was my first comment also when I saw the article. We have adopted five Labs over the past 40 years and two other breeds and Labs are our favorites!


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