The 2009 list of the most popular breeds, released in late January by the AKC, places Labrador Retrievers at the top for the 19th year.
The German Shepherd bumped the Yorkshire terrier from the second most-popular spot. This is the first time German Shepherds have earned the number two position on the favorite breed list in more than 30 years, according to the AKC.
Rounding out the top ten:
|3rd: Yorkshire Terrier
<p">7th: Bulldog </p">
<p">4th: Golden Retriever </p">
<p">8th: Dachshund </p">
||10th: Shih Tzu