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Most Popular Dog 2012: Labrador Retriever Nabs Canine Superlative For 22nd Straight Year

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Americans are still crazy for Labs.

For the 22nd year in a row, the Labrador retriever was named the most popular dog in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The AKC released their annual list of the most popular breeds in 2012 on Wednesday.

With its 22nd-straight canine superlative, the Labrador has tied the poodle for most consecutive appearances in the top slot. German shepherds once again commanded the second spot, while golden retrievers and beagles round out the top four.

The poodle, which held the top dog crown throughout the 1980s and 1990s, took the eight spot this year.

“Bigger breeds are making their move,” said AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson. “The bulldog has muscled his way into the top five,” she said, displacing the popular Yorkie, which dropped to sixth.

Reuters notes the AKC released its “Most Popular” pooch rankings in advance of next month’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the nation’s most prestigious dog competition that culminates with the “best in show” award at Madison Square Garden.

Two new breeds, the Russell terrier and the treeing Walker coonhound, will compete this year.

The AKC’s top 25 list of “Most Popular Dog Breeds” in the United States can be seen below:

BREED

2012

2011

2007

2002

Labrador Retrievers

1

1

1

1

German Shepherd Dogs

2

2

3

3

Golden Retrievers

3

4

4

2

Beagles

4

3

5

4

Bulldogs

5

6

10

18

Yorkshire Terriers

6

5

2

6

Boxers

7

7

6

7

Poodles

8

8

8

8

Rottweilers

9

10

15

13

Dachshunds

10

9

7

5

Shih Tzu

11

11

9

10

Doberman Pinschers

12

13

21

23

Miniature Schnauzers

13

12

11

11

French Bulldogs

14

18

34

58

German Shorthaired Pointers

15

15

18

22

Siberian Huskies

16

16

24

21

Great Danes

17

19

23

28

Chihuahuas

18

14

12

9

Pomeranians

19

17

13

12

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

20

21

25

40

Shetland Sheepdogs

21

20

20

16

Australian Shepherds

22

24

33

35

Boston Terriers

23

22

16

17

Pembroke Welsh Corgis

24

25

22

25

Maltese

25

23

19

20

See the full list of top dogs HERE.

Dog lovers: Where does your pup come in on the AKC’s popular dog list for 2012?

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