Every year, the AKC releases the list of the most registered dog breeds. More or less, that list ranks the breeds in order of popularity. With the order of the top ten “usual suspects” slightly shifted, 2009 brought no surprises. Check out this list of the top ten dogs breeds of 2009 according to the AKC dog breed registration statistics and see if your favorite breed made the top ten. Is your breed not on the top ten? View the full list to see where your dog placed.

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Cuteness by Katheryn Harris
There’s no surprise here. The Labrador Retriever has held the number one spot for 19 consecutive years, and for good reason. This energetic, fun-loving retriever has “family dog” written all over it. Loyal and affectionate, the Lab wins over the hearts of just about everyone it meets. For over 200 years, the Lab has been treasured for its loyalty, intelligence and athleticism. The breed is often seen working as a service animal or gun dog, but remains a favorite among those looking for an all-around canine companion.

2. German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog
After many years in the number three spot, the German Shepherd has moved up to second place. This hard-working, loyal dog is probably best know for its skills as a protection animal, police dog and search-and-rescue hero. However, this serious and diligent dog breed has a softer, goofier side. Perhaps that is why the breed is still quite favored as a companion animal. One thing is for certain – the GSD will watch over and defend your home and family. Don’t let the tough exterior fool you, though. This breed is affectionate with its loved ones.

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