By Ann Sullivan
The American Kennel Club recently reported on the top 10 most popular dogs in America. These favorites are AKC registered breeds and many have earned top honors in other canine clubs as well. The AKC has maintained purebred dog registries in the United States since 1884. It also promotes and oversees other kennel organizations and events, such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and various other championship competitions. Many dog breeds gain their popularity in the U.S. from winners of these competitions, which showcase the best of the best in these prized breeds.
1) Labrador Retriever
For 26 years in a row, the beloved Labrador Retriever has won the coveted top spot for favorite breed. This family friendly dog is not only cute, they’re talented as well. They excel in sports, partners of K-9 units, and have been successfully used in rescue missions. Labrador’s are in the Sporting Group family of canine breeds. This is what you might call a “Frisbee dog” as they love activity and are experts at retrieving; hence the latter part of their name. The origins of this playful breed don’t come from Labrador, however. They originate in Newfoundland, Canada. At the time, the area was populated with a smaller breed called “St. John’s Water Dog.” These waterdogs were then bred with the larger Newfoundland dog, to create what’s known today as the Labrador Retriever. They’ve been a recognized breed with the American Kennel Club since 1917.
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