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American Kennel Club lists most popular dog breeds

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently released its list of the most popular dogs breeds in the U.S. in 2010. The Labrador retriever maintained its 20-year run on the top of the list, but there were also some surprises in this year's ranking, according to Reuters.

Second place went to German shepherds, while the third most popular breed was the Yorkshire terrier. Other dogs in the top 10 included shih tzus, poodles, dachshunds and boxers. There were 167 breeds listed in total.

It seems as though Americans grew a particular fondness for Bulldogs last year, as the pedigree rose to sixth place, its highest ranking in 100 years. There also seemed to be an increase in the ownership of big dogs, such as mastiffs, which ranked 28th, and Great Danes, which jumped from the 28th slot to the 17th.

The list of breeds will expand next year, as the AKC is adding three new types of dog - the xoloitzcuintli, the entlebucher mountain dog and the Norwegian lundehund, the news source reports.

The xoloitzcuintli, often referred to as a xolo, is a hairless canine. The dog is known to be intelligent, faithful and athletic, according to DogBreedInfo.com.
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