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Labrador Retriever Named Most Popular Dog In US

Jacob the Labrador Retriever poses for the press during a news conference at the American Kennel Club January 26, 2011 to announce the top ten most popular breeds in the United States. The Labrador Retriever came in number one for the 20th consecutive year. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Jacob the Labrador Retriever poses for the press during a news conference at the American Kennel Club January 26, 2011 to announce the top ten most popular breeds in the United States. The Labrador Retriever came in number one for the 20th consecutive year. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The American Kennel Club says the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in America for the 20th straight year.

The German shepherd is ranked second, with the Yorkshire terrier third, the beagle fourth and golden retriever fifth.

The AKC also has added three dogs to its list of registered breeds.

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American Kennel Club Announces Most Popular Dogs for 2010 on January 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for American Kennel Club)

They include an ancient Mexican breed, the Xoloitzcuintli. The calm, “noble,” pointy-eared dog — also called Xolo, comes in three sizes. Some varieties are hairless.

The Norwegian Lundehund is handsome, athletic and playful. The sure-footed dogs hunted Puffins on treacherous cliffs before the bird became a protected species.

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog made its mark as a cattle herder in Switzerland. The floppy-eared breed is described as energetic, loyal and “persistent.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)