Labrador retriever named most popular dog breed

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  • Labrador retrievers have been named America's "most popular dog" by the American Kennel Club
  • Other breeds in the top five include German shepherds, golden retrievers, bulldogs and beagles

(CNN)The American Kennel Club has named the affable Labrador retriever America's "most popular dog."

This is the 25th consecutive year that Labs have topped the list, which is created using the AKC's registration statistics.
"The versatile, loveable Lab has firmly planted its paw print in AKC's history, celebrating a quarter of a century as America's most popular dog," AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said.
    The AKC says that Labs are an intelligent and family-friendly breed, helping to solidify their high ranking.