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Top Dogs: The Top Breeds of 2012

Filed under: Dog Breedsmtest on February 4th, 2013

The Tail-Wagging Winners

The American Kennel Club announced the winners for the most popular dog breeds in 2012. View the results and check out if your favorite breed made the cut this year.

#10 Dachshund

The Dachshund is recognized for its long body which can be either short or long. This breed is very loving and enjoys to play. Read more about the adorable Dachshund in our breed profile.

#9 Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is often used by the police and military, but they also make great service, herder, and therapy dogs. This breed is very intelligent and sometimes may serve as a guard dog. However, they do have a soft spot and are very trustworthy. Read more about the Rottweiler with our breed profile.

#8 Poodle

A Poodle is not just another pretty face in the crowd. They are exceptionally smart and get along well with humans and other dogs. Read more about the Poodle in our breed profile.

#7 Boxer

Boxers are large powerful dogs and require plenty of attention. The Boxer is a popular choice for a family pet or as a working police dog. Read more about the Boxer in our breed profile.

#6 Yorkshire Terrier

This adorable member of the toy group may be small, but has big a personality. Often described as brave, energetic, and determined. Read more about the Yorkshire Terrier in our breed profile.

#5 Bulldog

It’s hard to resist the bulldog’s cute wrinkles and gentle disposition. Bonus: they’re easy to take care of and require minimal grooming. Read more about the Bulldog in our breed profile.

#4 Beagle

Beagles are very social and enjoy the company of other canines and humans. This family favorite has been in the top 5 for the last decade. Read more about the Beagle in our breed profile.

# 3 Golden Retriever

Known as a friendly family pet the Golden Retriever jumps up one spot from last year. This popular breed is very active and cheerful. Read more about the Golden Retriever in our breed profile.

#2 German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is strong and many times used in search-and-rescue missions. As a pet, they are full of energy and make great companions. Read more about the German Shepherd in our breed profile.

#1 Labrador Retriever

For 22 years, the Labrador has topped the list. Labs originated from Newfoundland where they were used by fishermen to bring in large nets of fish. They enjoy playing games and socializing with humans. The perfect fit for the energetic family. Read more about theLabrador Retriever in our breed profile.

See the full Top Dog Breeds of 2012 Slideshow at Pet360.com

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