Labs, German Shepherds take top dog spots

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Labrador puppies are often quite cuddlyThe American Kennel Club (AKC) has recently announced their top dog breeds for 2009. For the 19th year in a row, the Labrador retriever earned top dog.

Following the Lab are German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Boxers, Bulldogs, Dachshunds, Poodles and Shih Tzu’s, respectively.

The organization was surprised by the growing popularity of the German Shepherd, as they haven’t been in the number two spot for more than 30 years. Although the dog had the coveted top spot in the 1920’s, it quickly fell down the list.

AKC Spokeswoman Lisa Peterson said it was the German Shepherd’s versatility that helped them place higher on the list.

"The German Shepherd Dog has gained ground recently, quite possibly due to the increased attention they receive for their security efforts at home and abroad," she said. "Hailed as the world’s leading police, guard and military dog, this energetic and fun-loving breed is a loyal family pet, ideal companion and dependable K-9 partner when duty calls."

Peterson went on to say that Labs have been in the top spot for nearly two decades because of their "loyal and gentle nature."

As with any animals, these dogs should be treated with proper pet care to ensure they stay happy and healthy.

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