Top 10 Breeds for 2020

#1 Labrador Retriever

#1 Labrador Retriever

#1 Labrador Retriever

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 These friendly and active pups have held the top spot the past 28 years in a row. "This is a do-everything breed that needs to be with its humans," long-timer breeder Erin Henlon-Hall told the AKC. "It personifies the definition of versatility — hunting, showing, family, dock diving, tracking, obedience. It’s as American as baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie." 

#2 German Shepard

#1 Labrador Retriever

#1 Labrador Retriever

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 These trusted companions often work as police dogs and service dogs because they're fiercely loyal to their main caretakers. 

#3 Golden Retrievers

#1 Labrador Retriever

#3 Golden Retrievers

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 This intelligent, friendly breed is basically the movie star of the group with starring roles on Full House, Air Bud, and Homeward Bound

#4 French Bulldogs

#4 French Bulldogs

#3 Golden Retrievers

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 Frenchies have big personalities but require minimal exercise. It's no wonder the big-eared pooches are also the top choice in New York, San Francisco, and Miami.

# 5 Bulldogs

#4 French Bulldogs

# 5 Bulldogs

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 A presidential pick, both Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding owned these dignified, courageous canines. 

#6 Beagles

#4 French Bulldogs

# 5 Bulldogs

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 Curious and merry, beagles will follow their noses anywhere (and often into trouble). 

# 7 Poodles

# 8 Rottweilers

# 8 Rottweilers

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 They come in standard, miniature, and toy size varieties, but all poodles are considered one (extremely intelligent) breed. As for that fancy haircut, the "poodle clip" is designed to protect the joints and organs in cold water — even though most work as family dogs now. 

# 8 Rottweilers

# 8 Rottweilers

# 8 Rottweilers

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 Known as protective guardians, Rottweilers can have a softer side as loving and loyal companions to their owners. 

# 9 German Shorthaired Pointers

# 9 German Shorthaired Pointers

# 9 German Shorthaired Pointers

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 "GSPs" are known as great hunting and field dogs because of their intelligence and strong sense of smell. 

# 10 Yorkshire Terriers

# 9 German Shorthaired Pointers

# 9 German Shorthaired Pointers

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 Fun fact: Yorkies became a fashionable pet in the late Victorian era, but they actually started off as vermin catchers in clothing mills. 

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