Top Dog Breeds Of 2012: Retrievers, Poodles, Rottweilers Among Most Popular [PHOTOS]

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on January 31 2013 10:17 AM

The annual list of the top 10 dog breeds has been released by the American Kennel Club, and includes favorites such as the Poodle and the German Shepherd.

Statistics for the most popular dogs were revealed on NBC's "Today Show" on Wednesday morning, and the Labrador Retriever was named America's most popular breed. This is the 22nd straight year the Retriever has been named the favorite. Another larger breed, the German Shepherd, was able to maintain its No. 2 spot. 

AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson admitted larger breeds dominate the "pint-sized, portable pooch,” though smaller dogs such as the Poodle, Beagle, and Dachshund made the top 10 list.

“Bigger breeds are making their move,” said Peterson.  “The popularity of the pint-sized, portable pooch just gave way to a litter of larger breeds in the top 10. These predictable, durable, steady breeds, like Labs and goldens, are great with kids and offer the whole family more dog to love.”

Check out the top 10 favorite dog breeds of 2012:

 No. 1 Labrador Retrievers Labrador Retriever Labrador Retrievers made the No.1 spot for the 22nd year in a row  Flickr  No. 2 German Shepherds German Shephard German Shephards maintained the No. 2 spot this year  Flickr  No. 3 Golden Retrievers Golden Retriever Retrievers made the No. 3 spot  Flickr  No. 4 Beagles Beagles Beagles made it to No. 4 on the list  Flickr  No. 5 Bulldogs Bulldogs  Flickr  No. 6 Yorkshire Terriers  Yorkshire Terrier Yorkshire Terriers made the No. 6 spot  Flickr  No. 7 Boxers Boxers Boxers are No. 7 on the top 10 list for favorite dog breeds this year  Flickr  No. 8 Poodles Poodles Poodles are No. 8 this year  Flickr  No. 9 Rottweilers  Rottweilers Rottweilers round out the list at No. 9  Flickr No. 10 Dachshunds  Dachshund The pint-sized Dachshund made it to No. 10 this year  Flickr

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