Top dog! Labrador retriever most popular breed in 2017

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When it comes to man’s best friend, there are so many wonderful pups from which to choose.

The American Kennel Club just announced 2017’s top dog: the Labrador retriever. The pup is the most popular breed for the 27th year in a row.

The AKC says the Lab “has its paws firmly planted in Americans’ hearts. It’s such a versatile and family friendly breed.”

Labrador retriever, Hunter

It’s also the most popular pup in Ohio, too.

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The German shepherd came in at #2.  The French bulldog was a mover and a shaker, coming in at #4. The pup knocked the Beagle out of the top 5 for the first time since 1998, the kennel club said.

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**See the full list of rankings, here**

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