What are the Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2014?

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What are the Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2014?

The American Kennel Club released its 

rankings for the most popular dog breeds in 2014

. The organization tracks the popularity of various breeds and releases an annual list ranking them but not sharing the raw numbers. This year, Labrador Retrievers came in at the No. 1 spot.Following Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs and Beagles rounded out the top five most popular breeds in the U.S. Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, Boxers, French Bulldogs and Rottweilers were also in the top 10.Labradors were atop

the AKC's list as the most popular pooch for the 24th straight year, the AKC explained. Other breeds did move up and down, however. Bulldogs and French Bulldogs made the biggest leaps, with Bulldogs hitting No. 4 and French Bulldogs making the list for the first time ever.But there's only so much room at the top. For the French Bulldog to get in, Dachshunds were knocked from last year's ninth spot out of the top 10 for the first time in 30 years.Other breeds became significantly more popular in the last decade without being ranked as one of the top 10. Border Collies, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, and Black and Tan Coonhounds have risen more than 10 spots since 2004. The least popular dogs in the U.S. in 2014 were Norwegian Lundehunds, English Foxhounds, Cesky Terriers, Harriers and American Foxhounds.

Why Labrador Retrievers? 

If you own a lab, you may agree wholeheartedly with these rankings (for the 24th year in a row), but if you don't, you may be scratching your head wondering what makes these pooches so popular.Labrador retrievers

may be popular for a number of reasons, starting with that they're energetic and happy. They love playing, running and having fun. This makes them great for families with young children who the dogs will have to keep up with as well as active owners who want a hiking or running companion.Additionally, purebred or mutt labs are handsome dogs. Black, chocolate or yellow, they are cute as puppies and adults. Labs also generally get along well with people and other animals, making them easy to welcome into a crowded home.Labs are also easy to groom with their short, soft hair - although they may shed more than other breeds. These pooches are also very trainable and eager to please.However, labs aren't perfect for every dog owner,

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advised against getting a lab if you're worried about keeping your pooch active, being too rowdy, chewing on items around the house, or shedding.Use your

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