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Top Dog: Labs Rule For 20th Straight Year

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No, really, I'm first, you're second!

No, really, I'm first, you're second!

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You want a Labrador Retriever, you know you do. Or, maybe, a German Shepherd? No? How about a Yorkshire Terrier? That doesn't suit your needs for a four-legged companion? How could it not?

Those are the three most popular dog breeds for 2010, according to the American Kennel Club's registration statistics. The Labrador Retriever topped the AKC's list for the 20th year in a row.

Here's the top 10:

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

Noting its steady move up the list, the AKC says that "not since the early 20th Century has the Bulldog enjoyed such sustained popularity."

The AKC also says that the biggest mover over the last decade was the French Bulldog, which has risen 50 spots from 71 to 21 on the list over the last 10 years.

At the bottom of the AKC list for 2010 are Foxhounds, both American and English.

There are regional differences in the popularity of breeds and the AKC makes note of this with a breakout of numbers from major U.S. cities.

Cities where the Lab failed to take the top spot include Detroit and Miami, who both favored the German Shepherd, Los Angeles, with a taste for Bulldogs, and New York, which tapped the Yorkshire Terrier as its favorite breed.

New breeds have also been added to the AKC list of registered breeds this year. Please welcome the Norwegian Lundehund, the Xoloitzcuintli and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog.

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