Labrador Retriever Named Most Popular Dog of 2011

02/28/2012 at 03:15 PM EST

Labrador Retriever Most Popular Dog Breed in 2011
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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest doggie of them all?

For the 21st consecutive year in a row, it's the Labrador retriever. The American Kennel Club has released its annual list of the most popular breeds in America and the Lab has nabbed the top spot once again, with the German shepherd coming in second out of 173 breeds.

There were a few upsets this year, including the beagle, which bounced the Yorkie out of third place. The Shih Tzu, which had been sitting pretty in the top 10 since 2000, was bumped down to 11th place by the rottweiler. Old favorites like the golden retriever, bulldog, boxer, poodle and dachshund rounded out the 10 most popular.

"While the Labrador retriever has been proven once again to be a family favorite, this year clearly belongs to the beagle," said AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson. "The beagle's merry personality combined with his love of outdoor activities makes him such a wonderful family pet that I wouldn't be surprised to see this spunky breed sniff his way to the top list next year."





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