Labrador is Top Dog

black labrador retriever puppyThe 10 most popular dog breeds of 2011 has been announced by the American Kennel Club.  For the 21st year in a row, the Labrador Retriever is number one, and the Beagle is inching towards the top of the list.

Labs are originally from Newfoundland, not from Labrador.  They were developed to help fisherman pull in nets and to catch escaping fish.  Today they are primarily bred to retrieve game or as pets.  Labs are family-friendly, gentle, and intelligent.  They are devoted to their master and strive to please, making them an excellent choice as working dogs.  They have become very popular as guide dogs for the blind, and work well in search & rescue, narcotics and bomb detection.

Due to the Labrador’s even temperament, intelligence and devotion, they make an excellent family dog.

Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. for 2011

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd

3. Beagle

4. Golden Retriever

5. Yorkshire Terrier

6. Bulldog

7. Boxer

8. Poodle

9. Dachshund

10. Rottweiller