Holding a No. 1 spot for 25 years in anything is nothing to sneeze at — but for the beloved Labrador Retriever, it is definitely something which to bark and jump for joy.
The popular pup, known for being even-tempered and friendly with people of all ages, once again has been named the most popular breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club’s 2015 registration data.
Being at the head of the pack for the 25th year in a row also gives the Labrador Retriever the title of holding the reign the longest of any other breed. But the Lab may one day be overthrown by the French Bulldog, who has been steadily gaining popularity and came in sixth this year.
“The versatile, lovable Lab has firmly planted its paw print in AKC’s history,” AKC’s vice president, Gina DiNardo, said in a press release. “But keep your eye on the French Bulldog. The Frenchie has risen 32 spots over the past decade and shows no signs of stopping.”
Rounding out the top five most popular breeds for 2015 are:
No. 2: German Shepherd Dog
No. 3: Golden Retriever
No. 4: Bulldogs
No. 5: Beagles
Other noteworthy breeds moving up the ranks are the Cane Corso, which moved from the 47th to 35th spot, and the Norwegian Elkhound, which moved from 100th to 88th, the Club reports. And sneaking into the brew of barkers at No. 18 is the Miniature American Shepherd, officially recognized only this year by the AKC.
As the collection of canines paw and scamper for their annual spots, there are five top breeds that have captured the hearts of Americans for several years. They are:
Check out the full list at akc.org.
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