NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Labrador Retriever remains the most popular dog breed in the United States, the American Kennel Club reported Monday.
Data from the organization, which maintains a registry of purebred dog pedigrees, indicates the Labrador Retriever, popular as a family-friendly dog, has led its list of 189 recognized breeds for the past 25 years, and did so again in 2015. The French Bulldog rose from ninth on the list in 2014 to sixth in 2015.
"The versatile, lovable Lab has firmly planted its paw print in AKC's history," AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in an AKC statement, "but keep your eye on the French Bulldog. The Frenchie has risen 32 spots over the past decade and shows no signs of stopping."
The Bulldog replaced the Beagle in fourth place on the list.
America's top ten dog breeds, after the Lab, are, in order, the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Beagle, French Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Rottweiler and Boxer.