The most popular pooch in the U.S.A. is the Labrador Retriever--for the 24th consecutive year.
And that's a record, according to the American Kennel Club, which has ranked the most popular breeds annually since 1884 based on the previous year's registration of some 175 different breeds of dogs.
The Lab's enduring popularity can be credited to its playfulness and loyalty, as well as its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog. Plus, they come in three colors. "The Lab truly is America's dog," said Gina DiNardo, AKC vice president.
The top 10 most popular dog breeds in America:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Golden Retriever
6. Yorkshire Terrier
9. French Bulldog
The two most notable dog trends of the year:
- The Bulldog has quietly crept up the list, landing this year at No. 4 for the first time--its highest ranking in breed history. This gentle breed makes an excellent family companion with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs.
- The popular French Bulldog continues its quest for the No. 1 spot, breaking into the top 10 for the first time in nearly 100 years. French Bulldogs are known to be loveable lap warmers and are quite adaptable to city or suburban living due to their easy-to-groom coats and minimal exercise requirements.
--From the Editors at Netscape