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Most Popular Dog Breeds - Slideshow

Labs are the most popular breed in America.

Most Popular Dog Breeds: A Slideshow

The American Kennel Club (AKC) keeps records on the most popular dog breeds in America. Take a look at the top 10 breeds of 2016.

Boxers are goofy and brave.

#10: Boxers

If you're looking for a companion that is a goofball but is also brave and loves to be active, a boxer might be the breed for you. They're the eighth most popular dog breed in America, with their easy-to-care-for coats and loving, silly personalities.

Yorkies are small dogs full of life.

#9: Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies, as most Yorkshire terrier-lovers call them, are beloved because they are small dogs with lots of character. They don't require much exercise, are good for small houses or apartments, and love to be lap dogs. Yorkies do have higher grooming requirements than members of some other popular breeds, and they can be a bit on the high-strung side.

Rotties need lots of exercise.

#8: Rottweilers

Rottweilers can be aloof with strangers, but they're popular because of how loving they are toward their own human family members. They enjoy being active and make great exercise partners. Grooming is easy for this short-coated breed.

Poodles are smart and active.

#7: Poodle

Poodles come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. All are active and smart. Their hair grows continuously, like a human's, so they need to have it cut at a grooming facility routinely. However, this is a breed that many dog-allergic people can tolerate, adding to their popularity and that of poodle mixes.

French bulldogs are gaining popularity quickly.

#6: French Bulldogs

This breed has been gaining popularity quickly in America and is likely to continue to do so. Small dogs with big-dog attitudes, Frenchies don't require much grooming or high activity levels. They may be prone to certain breathing problems because of their flattened faces, but they are loving, smart, and brave.

Beagles are goofy and loving.

#5: Beagle

Beagles have low grooming needs, are extremely cute with their large, floppy ears, and make great hunting dogs. They are also comical and funny; they love to act like clowns and make people laugh. Beagles are equally happy running full-speed through the woods or snuggling on the couch for a movie.

Bulldogs may have respiratory problems.

#4: Bulldog

Bulldogs have been steadily gaining in popularity over the years. They have easy-to-care-for coats, don't require much exercise, and tend to be calm and friendly. Bulldogs can have breathing problems due to their flattened noses, and you may find that they make noisy bed-partners because they often snore.

Golden retrievers are loving and active.

#3: Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are loving family dogs that enjoy playing, working, and snuggling. They're popular because they're beautiful and generally have easygoing temperaments. Goldens need a little more brushing and coat-care than labs but not much. They come in three lovely shades ranging from dark gold to almost blonde.

Shepherds are strikingly beautiful and smart.

#2: German Shepherd

German shepherds are popular in America because of their good looks, confident natures, and intelligence. Shepherds need brushing, but they don't require regular trimming at the groomer. Members of this breed need to have something to do or they may develop negative behaviors, so exercise is important.

Labs are sweet, easy to groom, and active.

#1: Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever has been America's favorite dog breed for 24 years. It's no surprise: labs are known for their sweet dispositions, and they have short hair coats that do not require extensive care. They come in three lovely colors: chocolate, yellow, and black. This breed loves to be active and involved in family life.

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