For all of you with a special pooch in your life, Monday is the perfect day to show your dog just how much you care.

Why? Because Aug. 26 is National Dog Day!

First celebrated in 2004 to recognize the many shelter animals in need of a home, National Dog Day is an annual celebration of man's best friend. And to join in the puppy love, we've gathered a list of the top 10 dog breeds in America as reported by the American Kennel Club. The AKC is a non-profit organization that maintains the most expansive registry of purebred dogs in the world. These rankings are for the most popular breeds for 2012. 

From bulldogs to dachshunds, the ten 10 breeds below were the most preferred out of a list of 175 dog breeds.

Let the adorableness begin!


10. Dachshunds

RTR1GQRI Dachshunds are known to be curious, lively and a bit mischievous. The are very affectionate as well. Photo: Reuters


9. Rottweilers

RTXTRGR The rottweiler made the AKC's list last year as well. They are loving and super affectionate dogs, despite their aggressive reputation. Photo: Reuters


8. Poodles

RTR34REC Usually styled to perfection, poodles are known for being exceptionally smart and graceful. They are considered one of the most trainable breeds. Photo: Reuters


7. Boxers

RTR18P56 Boxers are known for being playful and curious. Photo: Reuters


6. Yorkshire Terriers

RTR2XMCT These little guys are both energetic and clever. They are known to be exceptional watch dogs. Photo: Reuters


5. Bulldogs

RTR3DHDT Bulldogs are some of the most gentle dogs. They are dependable and very gentle with children as well. Photo: Reuters


4. Beagles

Beagle As one of the most beloved breeds, beagles make great pets for families with small children. They are exceptionally loyal and usually quite energetic. Photo: Reuters


3. Golden Retrievers

RTXY1JQ Another family friendly breed, golden retrievers love to play and are extremely smart. Photo: Reuters


2. German Shepherd Dogs

RTX11YMX These loyal pups are both tough and curious. They are also very protective and really quick learners. Photo: Reuters


1. Labrador Retrievers

RTR3648X Labs have topped the AKC's list of top breeds for 22 years in a row. And with their even temperment, friendly nature and ease when it comes to training, it is no wonder families across America have a soft spot for the breed. Photo: Reuters