The Labrador Retriever is one of the world’s most popular breeds. They have topped the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed list for more than two decades. Their popularity can be attributed to a number of factors including their excellent reputation as a family pet and their love of retrieving and skills in the field. Where did the breed come from though?
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Once again, the Labrador Retriever wins the top spot in America’s heart, as the breed secures the #1 spot on American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Most Popular Breed List.
The Labrador Retriever has held this spot for 21 consecutive years, thanks to its reputation for playfulness and loyalty, and its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog. Other notables on the list include the Beagle, which made big news by knocking the Yorkshire Terrier out of the third spot, while the Golden Retriever advanced from the fifth to the fourth most popular dog breed. Not making the list this year was the Shih Tzu – the breed was overtaken in popularity by the Rottweiler.
Here’s the full 2011 list:
Most Popular Breeds Nationwide
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd
Famous Labrador Retrievers are not only known in movies and books, there are many life-size Labrador Retrievers who have made a mark in the world of men and left their paw prints in the sands of time.