The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced last year's 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S., with the Labrador Retriever once again topping the charts for the 28th year.
“The Labrador Retriever shows no signs of giving up the top spot anytime soon,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo in a press release about the announcement. “Labs make wonderful companions for a wide variety of people, and for good reason. The breed is very intelligent, friendly and great with children. Attention must be paid to the German Shorthaired Pointer, however! This jack of all trades in the pointer world has slowly but steadily risen in popularity over the years. People continue to fall in love with its versatility, extreme intelligence and willingness to please.”
Here is the AKC's list of the 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. in 2018:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Golden Retriever
4. French Bulldog
9. German Shorthaired Pointer
10. Yorkshire Terrier
All images were provided by the American Kennel Club.