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.
The Labrador retriever is the number one dog in America and Europe for many years because of many important reasons. A Lab’s lovable face and sunny disposition make them fun to be with. For many years, many people, young and old, have enjoyed the company and loyal friendship of a Labrador retriever. They are always on the go and crave to be doing something with the other members of the pack. A Lab will always love to go swimming, playing catch, chasing balls, hiking, jogging, and just playing around with everyone.