The American Kennel Club, a non-profit purebred dog registry in the United States, annually compiles a list of the most popular dog breeds. In this year’s edition, the Labrador retriever has topped the list for the 31st year in a row. 

The Lab is joined by the French bulldog, German shepherd and golden retriever in the top ranks. Most of the breeds have managed to continue their popularity from the year 2020. 

While some have maintained their usual spots, others have drastically climbed up the ranks. For the first time since 1997, curly furred poodle has strutted its way up to the top five, leaving the bulldog behind. The field spaniel rose up 24 spots to claim the #136 mark. 

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First recognised by the US-based dog registry in 2021, the Biewer terrier made its debut in the rankings with the #83 spot.

According to the annual list by the AKC, 2021’s most popular dog breeds include Labrador retriever, French bulldog, Golden retriever, German shepherd, Poodle, Bulldog, Beagle, Rottweiler, German shorthaired pointer and Dachshund. 

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The Norwegian lundehund made it to the last spot out of the 197 breeds. The Norwegian lundehund is a rare breed that was pulled out from the brink of extinction in the 1930s. Its name translates to ‘puffin dog’. In historic times, this breed was trained to climb rocky terrains and hunt puffins in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. 

According to the AKC, the Labrador retriever wasn’t always a domestic pet. Initially, the dog breed assisted fishermen in Newfoundland and helped with retrieving ducks. 

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The AKC registered its first Labrador in 1917. Since 1971, the breed has managed to conquer top rankings in popularity. 

According to the AKC, the dog breed’s popularity can be attributed to its temperament and versatility. From being pet dogs to trained rescuers, Labs do it all.