ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The loyal and dependable Labrador Retriever hung on for the 28th year in a row to the title of America's most popular dog in 2018, the American Kennel Club said on Wednesday (March 20).
The top 10 dog breeds in the United States in 2018 remained unchanged from last year except for the rise of the German shorthaired pointer and the decline of the Yorkshire terrier, which swapped ninth and tenth ranks, said the AKC, the world's largest purebred dog registry, based in New York City.
After the Labrador, America's nine most popular dogs in 2018 in descending order were the German shepherd, Golden retriever, French bulldog, standard bulldog, beagle, poodle, rottweiler, German shorthaired pointer and Yorkshire terrier, according to the organization that registers more than 1 million dogs and litters a year.
"It's an adaptable dog.
It's great if you have a family, it's great if you're single, it's great if you like to hike, run and swim," AKC Vice President of Public Relations and Communications Brandi Hunter said.
"It's literally, you can't beat a Lab when it comes to some of the traits that they have because no matter what scenario you put them in, they pretty much dive in and they grow and I think that's what people want, especially if you have a family with kids.
They are excellent in pop culture, movies, photographs, ads.
Them and the Goldens really, you know, tend to take it.
They hold a place in America's heart," she continued.
The ranks are based on AKC registrations, with the Lab the most registered canine in 2018.
The Labrador's 28-year run as most popular U.S. dog breed eclipses the prior 22-year record held by the poodle in the 20th century.
The Labrador's popularity comes despite a dearth of prestige in the AKC's show circuit.
In 143 years of competition, a Lab has never won Westminster Dog Show's revered Best in Show grand prize.
"A lot of Labs are companion animals.
Some of them are service dogs, therapy dogs.
So that's a little bit different than going in the ring for Westminster," Hunter said.