Gentle, friendly and family-oriented, the Labrador Retriever has been America’s most popular dog breed for 21 consecutive years, and it’s easy to see why. This versatile pup comes in three color variations, is active, trustworthy and (of course) adorable. Originally bred to work along fishermen, Labs are true “retrievers,” accompanying hunters to retrieve game or just fetching the newspaper. Labs are also trainable and possess a calm temperament, which is why millions of Americans make this breed a part of their families.
America’s 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds
For 21 years, the beloved Labrador Retriever has sat atop the American Kennel Club's most-popular list. But this past year, it received some stiff competition from some other adored (and adorable) breeds. See what breeds were named top dog this year.