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Labrador is America's top dog, bulldogs make headway

Published on Jan 31, 2013 6:47 AM
 
Shayna Maydela, a Labrador Retriever, at an American Kennel Club press conference January 30, 2013 in New York where the most popular dogs in the US were announced. The top five are Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Beagle and Bulldog according to AKC registration statistics. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The Labrador retriever held its 22-year reign as America's top dog, but a determined bulldog is gaining ground in the popularity stakes.

The American Kennel Club's annual ranking of most popular dog breeds on Wednesday showed Labradors in the lead, with other large dogs moving up and once-popular smaller breeds such as the Yorkshire terrier and the miniature poodle losing some ground.

"Bigger breeds are making their move," said AKC spokesman Lisa Peterson. "The bulldog has muscled his way into the top five," she said, displacing the popular Yorkie, which dropped to sixth.

The No. 2 in popularity was the German shepherd, followed by the golden retriever and the beagle, which swapped the third and fourth spots from last year's rankings, "adding insult to injury for smaller breeds," Ms Peterson joked.

 
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