Labs are still America’s favorite dog!

The American Kennel Club has released their annual most-popular breeds list and – surprise, surprise – Labs are in first place again!

This year marks the Labrador retriever’s 28th year at the top of the “favorite breeds” list, followed closely by German shepherds in second place and golden retrievers in third.

Meanwhile, as these popular breeds hold the top spots, the German shorthaired pointer is slowly climbing the list. Moving up one rank to number nine and bumping the Yorkshire Terrier down to number ten, this hunting dog is now more popular than it’s been since it was first recognized by the AKC in 1930. Aside from this change, the top ten favorite breeds didn’t vary from last year.

  1. Labrador retriever
  2. German shepherd
  3. Golden retriever
  4. French bulldog
  5. Bulldog
  6. Beagle
  7. Poodle
  8. Rottweiler
  9. German shorthaired pointer
  10. Yorkshire Terrier


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