For the 24th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is big dog on the American Kennel Club’s list of most-popular U-S breeds. That’s the longest reign of any breed in the history of the AKC, which was founded in 1884.
Labradors are also among the most popular working dogs for search and rescue, guide and therapy work and hunting. They were initially bred to fetch game but they’re also sensitive family companions. According to the AKC, Labs “make an excellent family companion with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs.” The breed made it to the AKC top spot in the 1970’s and has been there ever since. (more…)