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The most popular dogs in the U.S.

French Bulldog puppies. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

It’s puppy love for the record books: The Labrador retriever was the most popular dog breed in the U.S. last year for a 23rd year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced Friday.

That’s the longest any breed has been top dog since the organization’s 1884 founding.

German shepherds, golden retrievers, beagles and bulldogs are holding steady in the top-five pack, with Yorkshire terriers, boxers, poodles, Rottweilers and dachshunds continuing to round out the leading 10, which mirrors last year. But the comical French bulldog is newly on their heels after a decade-long popularity spurt.

Surpassing the poodle’s 22-year reign some decades ago, the Lab has proliferated as a congenial, highly trainable dog that was developed to fetch game but has taken other roles in stride.

The top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States in 2013, according to the American Kennel Club’s registry:

1. Labrador retriever

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A Labrador Retriever puppy poses as the 2013 most popular dog breeds in the US are unveiled to the press at the American Kennel Club in New York on January 31, 2014. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

2. German shepherd

A puppy and adult German Shepherd stand as the 2013 most popular dog breeds in the US are unveiled to the press at the American Kennel Club in New York on January 31, 2014. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

3. Golden retriever

A puppy and adult Golden Retriever pose as the 2013 most popular dog breeds in the US are unveiled to the press at the American Kennel Club in New York on January 31, 2014. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

4. Beagle

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A Beagle poses as the 2013 most popular dog breeds in the US are unveiled to the press at the American Kennel Club in New York on January 31, 2014. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

5. Bulldog
6. Yorkshire terrier
7. Boxer
8. Poodle
9. Rottweiler
10. Dachshund

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