America's Top 10 Most Popular Dogs Slideshow

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Which breeds are the most popular? Each year the American Kennel Club creates the Top 10 list based on registration statistics.Here's a look at the AKC's 10 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. for 2008. Related content...
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Which breeds are the most popular? Each year the American Kennel Club creates the Top 10 list based on registration statistics.

Here's a look at the AKC's 10 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. for 2008.

Related content...

Posted 27 Jan 2009

10. Shih Tzu

This toy dog ranges from 9 to 16 pounds. The word Shih Tzu means "Lion."
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This toy dog ranges from 9 to 16 pounds. The word Shih Tzu means "Lion."

9. Poodle

The only breed that comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. Poodles are known for their intelligence and come in a variey of colors.
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The only breed that comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. Poodles are known for their intelligence and come in a variey of colors.

8. Bulldog

Its gentle and protective nature are what makes the Bulldog one of the most popular breeds.

Its gentle and protective nature are what makes the Bulldog one of the most popular breeds.

7. Dachshund 

Known for their short legs and long bodies, these dogs have a great sense of smell and can be miniature or standard size.
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Known for their short legs and long bodies, these dogs have a great sense of smell and can be miniature or standard size.

6. Boxer

Boxers are great companion dogs, good with children and are also used as seeing-eye dogs.
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Boxers are great companion dogs, good with children and are also used as seeing-eye dogs.

5. Beagle

Like one of the most famous Beagles, Snoopy, these dogs are known for their joyful personality. They are known for their hunting ability.
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Like one of the most famous Beagles, Snoopy, these dogs are known for their joyful personality. They are known for their hunting ability.

4. Golden Retriever

With an average size of 55 to 75 pounds, these gentle, pleasant dogs have a golden-colored coat.
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With an average size of 55 to 75 pounds, these gentle, pleasant dogs have a golden-colored coat.

3. German Shepherd

A very dependable breed, the German Shepherd is family-friendly dog and also a police, guard and military dog.
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A very dependable breed, the German Shepherd is family-friendly dog and also a police, guard and military dog.

2. Yorkshire Terrier

Also known as "Yorkies", these small toy dogs have long coats and lots of energy.
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Also known as "Yorkies", these small toy dogs have long coats and lots of energy.

1. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is a gentle, family-friendly dog and comes in three colors: yellow, black and chocolate.Find out more...
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The Labrador Retriever is a gentle, family-friendly dog and comes in three colors: yellow, black and chocolate.

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