Kennel Club: Americans still love labs the most

By the Associated Press | February 28, 2012 | 3:35 PM EST

In this photo provided by the American Kennel Club, a Labrador retriever wears a crown and bow as its breed is named the “Nation’s Most Popular Dog,” for the 21st straight year, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/American Kennel Club, Kate McCroary)

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Kennel Club says the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in America for the 21st straight year.

According to the AKC top 10 list released Tuesday, the German Shepherd has steadfastly held onto its No. 2 spot.

The Beagle has nosed into third place. AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson says the "spunky breed" wins hearts with its "merry personality."

The rest of the pack: Golden Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, Bulldog, Boxer, Poodle, Dachshund and Rottweiler.