Labrador Retriever Again Tops Most Popular Breed List

The mighty bulldog pushes its way into the Top 5 of the American Kennel Club's annual list that gets everyone talking. Post 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 claims the top spot.

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.”

What's the most popular breed in town? Upload a photo of your pet here, and tell us in comments why your breed is the best.

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.

concerned citizen February 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Of course. What else is there?!
nobadpit February 10, 2013 at 06:08 PM
These are beautiful dogs and make great family pets. To meet some wonderful dogs looking for forever homes, visit the Humane Society of the North Bay at 1121 Sonoma Blvd., or visit HSNB.org. Tucker is a an older Lab who has been waiting for the perfect family that will understand he has a lot to talk about. See Tucker's photo and profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23080189
Ron Briscoe February 12, 2013 at 06:18 AM
We had a Golden Retriever for 13 years, wonderfull dog, wonderfull breed. I am surprised they aren't number one. I currently own a black Lab, it also has a sweet loving personality, but it has an underlying intensity that, I think, makes it a better hunting dog. Not to mention, the Labs coat doesn't pick up burrs like the Goldens did. Goldens and Labs make great family pets, however if the dog is strictly a pet I'd give the nod to the Golden. On the other hand if there is a duck hunter in the family I'd pick the Lab. Did I mention how sweet and trustworthy pit bulls are-----------------just kidding!
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