Here are America's most popular dog breeds

Candice Alexander
March 22, 2017

The American Kennel Club released its rankings of the top dogs of 2016 Tuesday on "Fox & Friends" - and for many breeds, the rankings should result in tail-wagging.

Viesto and her 4-year-old yellow lab, Reggie, attended the news conference alongside a roomful of stretching, scratching and wrestling dogs and puppies representing the top ten breeds.

They don't encompass the nation's millions of mixed-breed dogs or such deliberate hybrids as Labradoodles and maltipoos.

Labrador retrievers snagged the No. 1 spot for the 26 years in a row proving once again that "America loves their retrievers".

The Rottweiler's No. 8 ranking was its highest in nearly 20 years. The rest of the list in order: bulldogs, beagles, French bulldogs, poodles, the aforementioned Rottweiler, Yorkshire terriers, and the boxer. Also in the top 10 are Great Danes and Siberian Huskies. DiNardo encourages people to check out rarer breeds when looking for a dog.

A breed's popularity can reflect anything from ease of grooming to exposure from celebrity owners.

The only breed to rank in the top 10 every decade since the AKC's 1880s founding?

It was not clear why Rottweilers were making a comeback - the last time the breed placed at its current level was in 1997 - but a strong economy generally prompts people to seek bigger and costlier dogs, including Rottweilers, DiNardo said.

Whether purebred or mixed-breed, "there's a right dog for everyone", DiNardo says.

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