Is your dog one of America’s favorites?
The German shepherd still commands the No. 2 spot, according to the AKC top 10 list released Wednesday.
And the golden retriever has nudged out the beagle for the No. 3 rung.
AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson said larger breeds dominate the "pint-sized, portable pooch." But there are still some loveable lightweights on the list.
The beagle is now fourth. The rest of the pack: bulldog, Yorkshire terrier, boxer, poodle, Rottweiler and dachshund.
While the Labrador retriever has dominated the popularity contest, it wasn't always so.
For most of the 1920s, Peterson said, the German shepherd was at the top, its popularity inspired by the silver screen hero Rin Tin Tin.
Among qualities that keep the Lab so popular now is the breed's versatility, Peterson said. "They do so many things so well: They're great company and a great family dog, but also work in law enforcement, bomb and narcotics detection, search and rescue, and as hunting dogs."
"And they come in three colors," she added.
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- Posted on January 31, 2013
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