(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
6. Yorkshire Terrier