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Labrador Retriever Again Tops Most Popular Breed List

But the mighty bulldog pushes its way into the Top 5, as the American Kennel Club releases the annual list that gets everyone talking. Share your photos of your favorite breed!

The American Kennel Club released its annual list of the most popular breeds in America, and 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 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.

Kathy A. February 04, 2013 at 01:58 AM
all of our dogs (and the many cats over the years) have been what one vet called "all-american." sometimes you can guess parts (some lab? some shepard? and who knows?). we like the mix of the gene pool; they do not have some of the medical problems that can come with pure-bred animals. and, we like rescued/adopted pets, who might otherwise have a very short and unhappy life!
Susan February 04, 2013 at 02:28 AM
so sad that so many of our beloved domestic animals are killed in shelters each year, including in our own community, because people have to have their "breeds". You know, if you're going to run an article that implicitly encourages dog owners to go for breeds, the LEAST you can do in your article is inform everyone that a person can get any breed from a rescue group. We kill too many animals in this country. it is tragic.
Susan February 04, 2013 at 02:30 AM
oh I forgot - there's a rule somewhere that if you live in Kensington, you must have a labrador from a breeder, correct?
Mark Kay February 04, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Dorothy, we have a powderpuff. I didn't think there were any around here. I'd love to see yours. Do you take him to the park? I agree with the noise, but we call it singing at our house. That said I love all dogs but especially the ones with hair, like the puff and the Portuguese Water Dog.
Mark Kay February 04, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Also, if there were no breeds I would be sad indeed. I am constantly amazed at the differences in looks and behaviors of dogs. Lets not forget before they were companion animals dogs were working for humans in their breed-specific capacities. And wouldn't it be great if people couldn't have any pet unless they had some kind of training and passed a basic animal IQ test. For instance, dogs are pack animals and it is cruel to leave a pet outside alone.

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