Labrador Retriever Most Popular Dog For 26th Consecutive Year

The Labrador Retriever continues to reign supreme as America’s most popular dog, according to the American Kennel Club.

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If this were high school, the Lab would be Prom King. DevidDO/iStock/Thinkstock
Stephanie Brown

Do you have a Lab or know someone who has a Lab? You most likely do, considering Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dogs around, according to the American Kennel Club.

For a record-breaking 26th consecutive year, the outgoing, family-friendly Lab comes in at No. 1 on the AKC’s 2016 list of most popular dogs. The ranking is based on the number of dogs registered with the AKC.

“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 in a press release. “The Lab is such a versatile dog that it’s no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles.”

No wonder Labs are so popular. Who could resist this little pupper? Aleksandr Rybin/iStock/Thinkstock

But the lovable Lab might have some competition in coming years. The Rottweiler has risen nine spots over the past decade and is poised for a comeback. The loyal Rottie was the eighth most popular breed in 2016, its highest ranking since landing at number two in 1997.

The Rottweiler has risen nine spots in the last 10 years. kozorog/iStock/Thinkstock

Terriers are also on the move. The Russell Terrier jumped a substantial 14 spots (104th to 90th), the Rat Terrier rose five spots (101st to 96th), the Parson Russell Terrier rose two spots (111th to 109th) and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier jumped five spots (172nd to 167th).

Here are the top 10 most popular dogs of 2016:

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog

3. Golden Retriever

4. Bulldog

5. Beagle

6. French Bulldog

7. Poodle

8. Rottweiler

9. Yorkshire Terrier

10. Boxer

To see the list in its entirety, click here.

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