For the 26th Year in a Row, the Labrador Is the Most Popular Dog in America

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If you thought this was the year the Labrador would be dethroned as the most popular dog in the U.S., think again.

For a record-breaking 26th consecutive year in a row, the Labrador Retriever is the top dog for 2016, according to the American Kennel Club.

“The Labrador Retriever has a strong hold on the top spot, and doesn’t show signs of giving it up anytime soon,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said on its website. “The Lab is such a versatile dog that it’s no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles. Keep your eye on the Rottweiler, though.  It’s been quietly winning hearts over the past decade.”

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The German shepherd, golden retriever, bulldog and beagle rounded out the top five — no surprises there. But what was a bit unexpected is the rottweiler continued rise in the list. The loyal, confident breed nabbed the number eight spot, the highest ranking for the loving rottie since 1997, when it snagged the no. 2 spot.

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Other standouts include the terrier group. The russell terrier climbed 14 spots from 104 to 90; the rat terrier jumped to 96th from 101; the parson russell terrier rose two spots to the 109th position and the dandie dinmont terrier is now in the 167th position, up five spots from 172nd.

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And while the Labrador is the most popular dog in the U.S., some major metropolitan cities had their own top dog. In San Francisco and New York City, the French bulldog is the most popular breed, whereas in Los Angeles it is the bulldog.

Here is the list of the top 100 below.

  1. Retrievers (Labrador)
  2. German Shepherd Dogs
  3. Retrievers (Golden)
  4. Bulldogs
  5. Beagles
  6. French Bulldogs
  7. Poodles
  8. Rottweilers
  9. Yorkshire Terriers
  10. Boxers
  11. Pointers (German Shorthaired)
  12. Siberian Huskies
  13. Dachshunds
  14. Great Danes
  15. Doberman Pinschers
  16. Australian Shepherds
  17. Miniature Schnauzers
  18. Pembroke Welsh Corgis
  19. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  20. Shih Tzu
  21. Boston Terriers
  22. Pomeranians
  23. Havanese
  24. Shetland Sheepdogs
  25. Brittanys
  26. Spaniels (English Springer)
  27. Bernese Mountain Dogs
  28. Mastiffs
  29. Spaniels (Cocker)
  30. Chihuahuas
  31. Vizslas
  32. Pugs
  33. Maltese
  34. Weimaraners
  35. Newfoundlands
  36. Miniature American Shepherds
  37. Collies
  38. Border Collies
  39. Basset Hounds
  40. Cane Corso
  41. West Highland White Terriers
  42. Rhodesian Ridgebacks
  43. Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay)
  44. Shiba Inu
  45. Bichons Frises
  46. Akitas
  47. Belgian Malinois
  48. Bullmastiffs
  49. Bernards
  50. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
  51. Portuguese Water Dogs
  52. Bloodhounds
  53. Papillons
  54. Australian Cattle Dogs
  55. Airedale Terriers
  56. Spaniels (English Cocker)
  57. Bull Terriers
  58. Scottish Terriers
  59. Alaskan Malamutes
  60. Whippets
  61. Chinese Shar-Pei
  62. Dalmatians
  63. Dogues de Bordeaux
  64. Pointers (German Wirehaired)
  65. Samoyeds
  66. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
  67. Great Pyrenees
  68. Miniature Pinschers
  69. Cardigan Welsh Corgis
  70. Cairn Terriers
  71. Lhasa Apsos
  72. Italian Greyhounds
  73. Irish Wolfhounds
  74. Chow Chows
  75. Old English Sheepdogs
  76. Setters (Irish)
  77. Chinese Crested
  78. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
  79. Giant Schnauzers
  80. Coton de Tulear
  81. American Staffordshire Terriers
  82. Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  83. Bouviers des Flandres
  84. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
  85. Standard Schnauzers
  86. Border Terriers
  87. Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)
  88. Basenjis
  89. Retrievers (Flat-Coated)
  90. Russell Terriers
  91. Tibetan Terriers
  92. Keeshonden
  93. Pekingese
  94. Norwegian Elkhounds
  95. Leonbergers
  96. Rat Terriers
  97. Brussels Griffons
  98. Borzois
  99. Neapolitan Mastiffs

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