American Kennel Club: Who Is The Most Popular Dog Of 2012?

Category: Society / Jan 31, 2013 10:07AM EDT
The American Kennel Club named its top dogs of the year, and once again, the big dogs are on top. The Labrador retriever stole the top spot, continuing the breed’s 22-year streak at #1. But the lab is not alone, larger breeds filled the top five spots, and according to AKC Communications director Lisa Peterson, pint-sized pooches may be going out of style. "Larger breeds are gaining popularity while smaller breeds are tumbling off the list. And what we found is that the bulldog has muscled his way up to the number five position. And he hasn't been there in quite a few years, decades in fact. Also on the list, the Rottweiler jumped from number ten to number nine and the Dachshund went to number 10. Also the Golden Retriever, a large breed, has gone up to number three displacing the Beagle, which has gone down to number four," Peterson said. The list ranks Labrador Retriever at the top, followed by German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Boxer, Poodle, Rottweiler and Dachshund. Micki Beerman, a Labrador Retriever owner and breeder, is not surprised her dog is on top. "They're just your every day wonderful, intelligent, loving animal. You come home and you are their world. That's who they want to be with ... They'll play but they really want to be with you. They are bright, they are very sensitive, they're great." This year's annual show will be held in New York on February 12th and 13th. Video Source: Reuters