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Labrador Retriever Still Tops America’s Favorite Dog Breed List

If you own a Labrador Retriever, you probably already know this, but in case you don’t, your four-legged friend happens to represent America’s favorite breed!

Leave it to the Labrador Retriever to rank at the top of the nation’s list of favorite breeds…again and again. In fact, every year since 1991, the Lab has been at the top of the list!

I’ve always loved dogs, though I definitely like some breeds more than others. I think we’re all that way. Any breed we’ve had a good experience with is a breed we tend to like.

Mom loves Poodles and “mutts,” because that’s what she’s had more than anything else. She also loves German Shepherds, though she’s never owned one.

I grew up with a Rough Collie, who treated me like I was her puppy. I’ve loved Collies all my life. My current Collie is my fourth.

My dad loves dogs that love the water because he loves sailing. Labs tend to like the water, and since neither Mom nor I liked sailing as much as my dad does, he decided to get himself a Lab as a boat buddy.

That was a miscalculation. I’ll tell you about that in a minute.

The black Lab puppy he brought home and named Woody was a sweet dog. He could be a bit on the dopey side, but we realized that he was often a lot smarter than he let on! He’d hide his intelligence and then roll it out when he thought he could get away with something.

Woody was definitely a character. He loved to catch the frisbee and when I’d ride the bus home from school, Dad would often be in the front yard throwing that Frisbee for Woody to catch. Woody didn’t mind putting on a show for my schoolmates and they didn’t mind watching him.

As Woody got older, his back hips weren’t in the best of shape, and Dad eventually had to retire the frisbee. Woody loved it so much that he’d hurt himself just to keep on playing catch with it. Woody died at 15, which is an accomplishment for any dog breed. He went peacefully in his sleep in his dog house.

Woody, in fact, lived the longest of any dog we’ve had, though we’ve had a few get close to that.

As I said, Dad brought Woody home to be his boating buddy. The first time he took Woody to Lake Murray in central South Carolina, he loaded up that goofy black Lab into a canoe and set out. Woody was fascinated by the water. That isn’t a surprise when it comes to most Labrador Retrievers.

They weren’t far from the shore when Woody decided to jump out of the canoe and right into the lake. Dad had to pull him back into the canoe, at which point Woody did what all dogs do: shake off all that water! Within about 30 seconds, he repeated his dive into the lake.

Try pulling a 75-pound dog into a canoe without tipping it over! Multiple times.

Yes, Dad quickly realized that Woody loved the water a little too much. So much, in fact, that this “boating buddy” had little interest in staying in the boat.

You know what they say about the best-laid plans, right?

Top 3 favorite dog breeds haven’t changed in years

If you look at the official list of 2017’s top dog breeds, you’ll see a Labradormong the top three breeds. In fact, for the last five years, it’s been the same three breeds in the same order.

The Labradore Retriever is in first place, followed by the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever.

What’s new this year is the French Bulldog, which jumped to fourth place from sixth the previous year. The French Bulldog jumped ahead of the Bulldog and Beagle, which dropped to fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Rounding out the top 10, from seventh to tenth place, are the Poodle, Rottweiler, Yorkshire Terrior and the German Shorthaired Pointer.

My beloved Collie, for what it’s worth, dropped three spots to 40th space. I guess that hair is just too much (even though I happen to believe it’s worth it).

So congratulations to the Labradore Retriever! If you own one, you are far from alone!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.