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Labrador Retriever's 25 Years as America's Favorite Dog

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016 01:49 PM

The Labrador retriever for the 25th year in a row remains the most popular breed in the United States, according to the new list released Monday by the American Kennel Club.

The Labrador retriever remained king of the doggie hill as the American Kennel Club list, viewed 1.19 million views since Monday, revealed no change in the top five spots. The German shepherd was the second most popular dog and the Golden retriever third most popular for the third straight year, noted the kennel club.

The bulldog was listed as the fourth most popular dog for the second straight year and the beagle was the fifth favorite dog for the second consecutive year as well.

"The Lab checks all the boxes," American Kennel Club vice president Gina DiNardo told Reuters. "It comes in three different colors. Athletic people can play with it, run with it, and swim with it. They are family-friendly and get along with others."

Reuters did point out that, despite the Labrador's popularity, the breed has never won best in show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Dog Show, which crowned a new champion last week in New York City. C.J., a pointer German shorthaired, won best in show on Jan. 16.

Rounding out the top 10 favorite dogs in the country for 2015 were the French bulldog, Yorkshire terrier, Poodle, Rottweiler, and Boxer. The French bulldog continues to be the big mover in the annual survey, listed at No. 11 in 2013 and moving up to No. 9 in 2014 before jumping to No. 6 in 2015.

Paul Daley, a writer at The Guardian, feels that Labradors are the "perpetual version of your favorite 13-year-old son" and said he is not surprised the breed was crowned again as America's most liked.

"Think about your favorite people. Now condense their finest traits: gentleness; tendency to observe and listen; sensory delight in the world around; unmitigated joy at communion with nature and intuition for the way you feel," Daley wrote. "That's your Labrador. Look into a Labrador's eyes. Love comes back."

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