Ladies and Gentlemen! The Winner is...

This just in!  The Labrador retriever was the nation’s most popular dog breed last year for the 23rd year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced. That’s the longest any breed has been top dog since the organization’s founding in 1884.

According to the group's spokeswoman Lisa Peterson, “It does so many different things really well, it excels as a family companion, it’s an awesome hunting dog, and it also has a great presence as a service and law-enforcement search-and-rescue dog,”

As you would expect, German shepherds, golden retrievers, beagles, and bulldogs are holding steady in the top-five pack, with Yorkshire terriers, boxers, poodles, Rottweilers, and dachshunds continuing to round out the leading 10, which is the same as last year. But watch out!  The French bulldog is newly on their heels after a decade-long popularity spurt. 

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