That is the verdict of the American Kennel Club's most recent survey on the nation's favorite canine varieties.
The choices for a dog buyer are practically limitless, and that's not even counting purebreds.
While many of today's most beloved dog breeds have only been around for a short time,
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others, such as those used for hunting or herding, would have been familiar to the Romans or the Vikings.
The quantity of entries in the purebred register is the metric by which the group ranks the dogs. No mixes or "mutts" allowed.
There is a solid reason why Labrador and golden retrievers are so well-liked by families.
Around 280 breeds are listed on the AKC's website.
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