February 17, 2016 7:47 pm

Labrador retriever tops list of Canada’s 10 most popular dog breeds

The Canadian Kennel Club ranks the Labrador Retriever as its top breed for 2015.

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The trusty Labrador retriever tops the list as the most popular dog breed in Canada for the 20th year in a row, according to an annual ranking by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).

In 2014 there were an estimated 6.4 million pet pooches in Canada, and while your four-legged pal is likely tops in your heart some breeds are certainly more popular than others.

The list of 2015’s 10 most popular dog breeds feature a wide range, from the petite Yorkshire Terrier to the often-lumbering Bernese Mountain Dog.

It also shows some breeds are making gains; the French Bulldog made the top-10 list for the first time, and is the CKC’s fastest-rising breed in popularity.

The Frenchie has shot up from 67th place in 2005 to ninth in 2015.

This picture of French Bulldog puppies might give you a good idea as to why the breed is gaining in popularity.

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“This diminutive breed is perfect for urban living spaces, makes an excellent companion for all ages and has minimal grooming needs,” the CKC states.

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Here’s the CKC’s list of the top 10 most-popular breeds in Canada for 2015:

  1. Labrador retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Poodle
  5. Shetland Sheepdog
  6. Havanese
  7. Bernese Mountain Dog
  8. Yorkshire Terrier
  9. French Bulldog
  10. Bulldog
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