AKC top 10 most popular dogs: labs still No. 1

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The American Kennel Club on Monday released its latest list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. For the 21st consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is still on top. The German Shepherd came in at No. 2, while the Beagle moved from 4th to 3rd, taking a spot previously held by the Yorkshire Terrier.

“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.”

The Rottweiler made news by cracking the top 10 list and unseating the Shih Tzu, which had been in the top 10 since 2000.

Check out the full rankings below. And click here for a list of the top 100 breeds. What do you think of the list?

2011 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

 2010 Ranking

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