Americans still love labs the most

Puppies representing the top five breeds according to the American Kennel Club are lined up Tuesday in order at AKC headquarters in New York. From left are the Labrador retriever, German shepherd, beagle, golden retriever and Yorkshire terrier.

Puppies representing the top five breeds according to the American Kennel Club are lined up Tuesday in order at AKC headquarters in New York. From left are the Labrador retriever, German shepherd, beagle, golden retriever and Yorkshire terrier. Photo by The Associated Press.

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Kennel Club says the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in America for the 21st straight year.

According to the AKC top 10 list released Tuesday, the German shepherd has steadfastly held onto its No. 2 spot.

The beagle has nosed into third place. AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson says the “spunky breed” wins hearts with its “merry personality.”

The rest of the pack: golden retriever, Yorkshire terrier, bulldog, boxer, poodle, dachshund and Rottweiler.

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