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 No. 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.

And of course don't forget Montville's Top Dog of 2012 contest!

Meredith Tiffany January 31, 2013 at 02:17 PM
My favorite breed is a rescued Rottweiler and pit bull. Thanks for posting my Xander's photo!!! Remember to adopt not shop and check out your local animal control for your new best friend. Montville Animal Control has some beautiful dogs looking for homes.
deborah graffeo January 31, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Thank you for doing a story that features not only rescued pets, BUT the breeds that are most overlooked because of a false reputation! Thanks for featuring our rescued movie star Sydney and all the other great puppers! Spay and Neuter and Adopt!!!


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