American Kennel Club Announces America’s 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

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Way to go Labs! For the 21st year in a row, the Labrador Retriever hangs on to the #1 spot on the American Kennel Club’s most popular breeds list.

The 2012 results were based on AKC registration statistics. There were a few upsets – the Beagle passed the Yorkshire Terrier as the third most popular dog breed in the U.S. The Golden Retriever jumped in the ranks, moving from fifth to the fourth most popular dog breed. There was bad news for the Shih Tzus. This breed, which has been a top 10 contender since 2000, was unseated by the Rottweiler made news by unseating the Shih Tzu – which had been in the top 10 since 2000.

For the 21st year in a row, the Labrador Retriever hangs on to the #1 spot on the American Kennel Club’s most popular breeds list.

“While the Labrador Retriever has proven once again to be a family favorite, this year clearly belongs to the Beagle,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The Beagle’s merry personality combined with his love of outdoor activities make him such a wonderful family pet that I wouldn’t be surprised to see this spunky breed sniff his way to the top of the list next year.”

Here’s the full 2012 list of America’s 10 most popular dog breeds.

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