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America's 10 Most Popular Dogs

It may be a cliché to say that a dog is a man’s best friend and as any true dog lover will tell you, this platitude is also an understatement of our love for our canine friends. Dogs have been a part

It may be a cliché to say that a dog is a man’s best friend and as any true dog lover will tell you, this platitude is also an understatement of our love for our canine friends. Dogs have been a part of man’s life for centuries, either for hunting, working, care or company. From the stoically poised wolfhound to the playful terrier, every dog can find his place alongside man. America, like many other countries, is keen to show its love for these guys. Pet pampering, doggy treats and of course the ever popular phenomenon of dogs in clothes have made pet ownership big business.

The American Kennel Club has released a ranking of the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States. Of course the latest fashion fads in pet ownership are nothing compared to the lifetime of friendship and happiness a dog - regardless of breed - can offer, but breed choices are give an interesting perspective on America's relationship with its canine companions. Is your dog featured in here? Take a look at list but remember that a dog, although tremendously satisfying as a pet, is a large commitment. The care, time and expense of owning a dog, or any pet, should be carefully considered before you get carried away with yourself and with these cute critters.

10 Dachshunds

9 Rottweilers

8 Poodles

7 Boxers

6 Yorkshire Terriers

5 Bulldogs

4 Beagles

3 Golden Retrievers

2 German Shepherd Dogs

1 Labrador Retrievers

Without a shred of doubt, the Labrador retriever is truly America’s favourite dog. The breed has come out on top of the American Kennel Club’s survey every year since 2003! Labradors' gentle temperaments and eager-to-please natures makes them good for training, and as such they're frequently used as guide dogs, therapy and assistance dogs. The dog was originally a working water dog; Labradors were first bred in Newfoundland, Canada to help fishermen pull in their nets. Labradors can be golden, chocolate or black in colour and have a short, clean coat which can be prone to shedding. These are energetic dogs that enjoy walking and their dense coat also makes them great in water. The nation’s favourite dog is loyal, caring and willing to muck in wherever he’s needed - all the qualities of a great American!

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