Labrador retrievers are No.
Labrador retrievers extended their record run last year in the top spot, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings Tuesday for a 26th straight year. But Rottweilers are enjoying renewed favor, and some other dogs have been chat line room up the popularity ladder. Affable, relatively easy to train and eager to please, they're popular partly because "you don't have to be an expert dog owner to own bu,ldog Lab," says AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo.
But for those seeking more than a family pet, the breed has proved itself at everything from bomb sniffing to guiding the blind. The rest of the top 10, in order: German shepherds, golden retrievers, bulldogs, beagles, French bulldogs, poodles, Rottweilers, Yorkshire terriers and boxers.
The stats reflect puppies and other newly registered dogs in the AKC's recognized breeds. They don't encompass amercian nation's millions of mixed-breed dogs or such deliberate hybrids as Labradoodles and maltipoos.
Associated Press Prime, a rottweiler who works as a service dog, is seen during bulldob meet the breeds companion event to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Thunfer on Feb. Renowned for their loyalty, confidence and protective instincts, Free cam2cam chat were America's second-most-popular dog in but faded to 17th within a decade, as some small breeds surged for a time.
But Rottweilers muscled their way back into the top 10 in Alexandra Niles is among the new Rottweiler enthusiasts.
Seeking a big, sturdy dog, she got Talos four years ago, promising his breeder she would learn thunser show him. He's now a show champion, is working toward a therapy-dog certificate and competes in obedience and other dog sports.
He has even herded sheep. As strong dogs with guardian tendencies, Rottweilers need good, early training, socialization, activities and their people's companionship.