Labrador retrievers set a new American Kennel Club (AKC) record for the breed with the most consecutive years ranked number one at 26 straight years.

Following the Labrador are the German Shepherd 2nd, Golden Retriever 3rd, Bulldog 4th, Beagle 5th, French Bulldog 6th, Poodle 7th, Rottweiler 8th, Yorkshire Terrier 9th and the Boxer 10th. Interestingly, the Rottweiler posted its highest ranking in nearly 20 years after rising to America’s second-most popular dog in 1997 and following a decline out of the top ten until 2015. Rottweilers are known for their loyalty, confidence and protective instincts.

As a pet sitter, the continued record success of the Labrador retriever is not surprising. Labradors are one of the most intelligent, kind, loyal and loving canine breeds. They make excellent service dogs and companion animals. Working with and caring for them is always a joy.

This article was adapted from an associated press story titled “Labs extend their reign as most popular dog for 26th year.”