PHOENIX — In a contest that has become as predictable as the clock striking midnight on a daily basis, the Labrador retriever has been named the most popular purebred dog in America.
The American Kennel Club made the announcement Monday for the 25th straight time.
The outgoing and athletic Lab has been at the top of the heap longer than any other single breed, according to the dog club.
“The versatile, lovable Lab has firmly planted its paw print in AKC’s history,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a statement posted on the website.
“But keep your eye on the French Bulldog. The Frenchie has risen 32 spots over the past decade and shows no signs of stopping.”
The German shepherd was runner-up, as it has been for at least the past three years.
The breed that won best in show at the recent Westminster dog show, the German shorthaired pointer, finished at No. 11. Winner CJ’s group was 12th a year ago.
The feisty Pomeranian dropped from No. 20 to No. 22.
The rankings were based on the numbers of puppies and other newly registered dogs.
The AKC recognizes 184 breeds.
Here are the top 10 breeds in the United States: