Labrador Retriever Named Most Popular Dog Breed for 31 Consecutive Years: ‘Record-Breaking Run’

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The Labrador Retriever’s impressive winning streak continues!

On Tuesday, the American Kennel Club (AKC) released its annual list of the most popular dog breeds, based on the number of dogs in their registry.

For 2021, the Labrador retriever took the top spot, marking the sweet dog’s 31st consecutive year at No. 1 on the list.

“The versatile, family-friendly Labrador Retriever has established itself as America’s dog,” Gina DiNardo, executive secretary of the AKC, said in a statement.

“With their loving, outgoing personalities and eager-to-please attitude, it’s no surprise that the Lab has been able to continue its record run as the most popular breed in the United States. As always, we encourage people to do their research to make sure they’re not just getting a purebred dog, but more importantly a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder,” she added in AKC’s statement announcing the best dogs in 2021.

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The French Bulldog retained its spot as the second most popular dog breed on the list. Meanwhile, the German Shepherd lost his third spot to the Golden Retriever and fell to number four on the list this year. The poodle jumped up the list, jumping from sixth to fifth place. It’s the first time in more than a decade that the poodle has made it into the top five.

“While the adorable Lab remains a constant at the top of the charts, the Poodle has returned to the top five, supplanting the perennial favorite Bulldog for the first time in nearly a decade. The Bulldog has been a staple among the five most popular breeds since 2012. This is the first time the poodle has returned to the top five since 1997,” the AKC said in its statement.

Finishing the top 10 after the Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd and Poodle, the Bulldog is in sixth place, the Beagle came in seventh, followed by the Rottweiler, then the German Shorthaired Pointer in ninth followed by the dachshund.

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