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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 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.

What type of dog do you have or what's your favorite breed? Tell us in the comments section below. You can also share a photo of your dog by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.

Ronnie February 05, 2013 at 03:16 PM
They are the best family dogs. Ive had many types of breeds and the lab is most trusting with children and other dogs. A very loyal furry friend.
Julie Deane February 05, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I'm kind of sad.. I submitted the pic if my lab twice and still don't see her. Maybe, because it was late last night and they haven't seen it yet. I will wait a while, hopefully her cute self will be on here soon. She has been the best dog ever. I lived them all for different reasons, but she has been so loyal, friendly, and so easy to train. She aims to please. I love my lab, Shasta!!
Julie Deane February 05, 2013 at 03:28 PM


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