LIST: American Kennel Club’s top 10 dog breeds of 2013

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Labrador Retriever(WJW) The Labrador Retriever has taken the No. 1 spot on the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular dogs for the 23rd year in a row.

In fact, larger dogs dominate the entire list for 2013.

“Owning bigger breeds – an economic indicator of sorts – have been on the rise during the past five years,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson in a release.  “As the economy has improved, people are turning back to the big dogs they love, which cost more to feed and care for than the smaller breeds that saw a rise in popularity in 2007 and 2008.”

The AKC also said the French Bulldog is becoming more and more popular, with a 323 percent increase in registrations over the last 10 years.

The AKC’s list of most popular dogs in the U.S. in 2013 is as follows:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd
3. Golden Retriever
4. Beagle
5. Bulldog
6. Yorkshire Terrier
7. Boxer
8. Poodle
9. Rottweiler
10. Dachshund

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