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Labrador Retriever Leads the Pack as Most Popular Dog Breed


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The American Kennel Club (AKC), the nation's largest purebred dog registry, named the family-friendly Labrador Retriever as the most popular breed. The Labrador Retriever has held the No. 1 spot on the list for a record-breaking 26 consecutive years. 

While the Labrador Retriever continues its reign as America's dog, the Rottweiler has been slowly rising up the list over the past decade. The confident, loyal and loving Rottweiler was the eighth most popular breed in 2016, its highest ranking since landing at number two in 1997.  The Rottweiler has risen nine spots over the past decade and is poised for a comeback.

"The Labrador Retriever has a strong hold on the top spot, and doesn't show signs of giving it up anytime soon," said AKC vice president Gina DiNardo. "The Lab is such a versatile dog that it's no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles. Keep your eye on the Rottweiler, though. It's been quietly winning hearts over the past decade."

In addition to the country's most popular, terriers were on the move in 2016. The Russell Terrier jumped a substantial 14 spots (104th to 90th), the Rat Terrier rose five spots (101st to 96th), the Parson Russell Terrier rose two spots (111th to 109th), and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier jumped five spots (172nd to 167th).

The AKC's top 10 most popular breeds in 2016 are:

  1. Labrador Retriever 
  2. German Shepherd 
  3. Golden Retriever 
  4. Bulldog
  5. Beagle
  6. French Bulldog 
  7. Poodle
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Yorkshire Terrier 
  10. Boxer 
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