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Labrador Retriever Named the Most Popular Dog Breed for 28th Consecutive Year

After over a quarter of a century as man’s favorite best friends, the Labrador retriever “shows no signs of giving up the top spot anytime soon,” the AKC’s executive secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement.

“Labs make wonderful companions for a wide variety of people, and for good reason,” she added. “The breed is very intelligent, friendly and great with children.”

German shepherds, Golden retrievers and French bulldogs followed close behind labs on the AKC’s list. Check out their top 10 most popular breeds below.

Most popular dog breeds of 2018

1. Labrador retriever

Labrador Retriever named American Kennel Club's most popular dog breed for 28th year.
American Kennel Club

Labrador Retriever named American Kennel Club’s most popular dog breed for 28th year.

2. German shepherd Dog

German shepherds are No. 2 on the AKC's most popular dog breeds of 2018.
American Kennel Club

German shepherds are No. 2 on the AKC’s most popular dog breeds of 2018.

3. Golden retriever

Golden retrievers are No. 3 on the AKC's most popular dog breeds of 2018.
American Kennel Club

Golden retrievers are No. 3 on the AKC’s most popular dog breeds of 2018.

4. French bulldog

French Bulldogs made the American Kennel Club's list of the top 10 most popular breeds in 2018.
American Kennel Club

French Bulldogs made the American Kennel Club’s list of the top 10 most popular breeds in 2018.

5. Bulldog

Bulldogs made the American Kennel Club's list of the top 10 most popular breeds in 2018.
American Kennel Club

Bulldogs made the American Kennel Club’s list of the top 10 most popular breeds in 2018.

6. Beagle

Beagles are No. 6 on the AKC's most popular dog breeds of 2018.
American Kennel Club

Beagles are No. 6 on the AKC’s most popular dog breeds of 2018.

7. Poodle

Poodles are No. 7 on the AKC's most popular dog breeds of 2018.
American Kennel Club

Poodles are No. 7 on the AKC’s most popular dog breeds of 2018.

8. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are No. 8 on the AKC's most popular dog breeds of 2018.
American Kennel Club

Rottweilers are No. 8 on the AKC’s most popular dog breeds of 2018.

9. German Shorthaired pointer

German Shorthaired pointer are No. 9 on the AKC's most popular dog breeds of 2018.
American Kennel Club

German Shorthaired pointer are No. 9 on the AKC’s most popular dog breeds of 2018.

10. Yorkshire terrier

Yorkshire terriers are pointer are No. 10 on the AKC's most popular dog breeds of 2018

 

Notably, the German Shorthaired pointer made a big leap on last year’s list, climbing to the ninth spot — the breed’s highest position on the list since becoming recognized in 1930, according to the AKC.

“This jack of all trades in the pointer world has slowly but steadily risen in popularity over the years,” DiNardo said in a statement. “People continue to fall in love with its versatility, extreme intelligence and willingness to please.”

Some other rare breeds that have been growing in popularity over the past few years include the Pumik (who jumped 11 spots in one year), Ibizan hounds (who jumped 13 spots) and Finnish lapphunds (who climbed 12 spots).

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