Can you guess which friendly pupper took the top spot for the 27th year in a row?
When it comes to canine companions, Americans have a clear preference. For the 27th year in a row, the American Kennel Club has listed the beloved Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog breed in the country. German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers can be found sitting pretty in the second and third spots, respectively.
“The Labrador Retriever has its paws firmly planted in Americans’ hearts,” AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement. “It’s such a versatile and family friendly breed.”
In addition to being the most popular dog in the nation, the AKC reports that Labs are also the most popular breed in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Raleigh, Seattle, and Washington D.C.
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Meanwhile, notable shakeups in this year’s list include the French Bulldog’s rise from the number six spot to number four, knocking the Beagle out of the top five for the first time since 1998. And after being pushed out of the top 10 for the first time in four years, the Boxer likely has a bone to pick with the German Shorthaired Pointer, who bounded its way into the 10th spot this year.
Wondering how your furry friend stacks up against the rest of the pack? See the full list of breed rankings for 2017 here.