'Labrador' US Most Popular Dog
NEW YORK (AP) - The American Kennel Club says the Labrador retriever is the nation's most popular dog in the US for the 22nd straight year - for attributes that range from family-friendly pet to search-and-rescue nose.
The German shepherd still commands the No. 2 spot, according to the AKC top 10 list released Wednesday.
And the golden retriever has nudged out the beagle for the No. 3 rung.
AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson said larger breeds dominate the "pint-sized, portable pooch.'' But there are still some loveable lightweights on the list.
The beagle is now fourth. The rest of the pack: bulldog, Yorkshire terrier, boxer, poodle, Rottweiler and dachshund.
Adult and puppy versions of the top five breeds appeared at a news conference at AKC national headquarters on the fourth floor of a Madison Avenue building.
They were all well-behaved, even the 2- or 3-month-old puppies, though a few young ones did have small accidents on the carpet that were quickly wiped up.
The invited purebred dogs came from the New York area. Several had reached champion status, and two of them also serve as therapy dogs, visiting residents of nursing homes or working with the disabled. They're taught to be comfortable when wheelchairs, walkers or canes approach, and to move aside and leave room for people using them.
Commander, a powerful but gentle German shepherd, is a champion with a formal name longer than most royalty: Champion Caramist Klingon Commander Ube CD RN BH CGC AKC. The towering, 6-year-old animal is certified as a therapy and companion dog. …