NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Commander, a German Shepherd (L) and Brookly's Bella Luna, Labrador Retriever attend as American Kennel Club announces Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. at American Kennel Club Offices on February 28, 2012 in New York City. For the 25th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is at the top of the AKC Most Popular Dogs list. The German Shepherd is number two on the list. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for AKC) 

AKC announces the most popular dog breed in U.S.

The American Kennel Club announced the complete list Monday.

The AKC said the reign is the longest of any breed since the AKC began the popularity ranking in the 1880s.

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"The versatile, lovable Lab has firmly planted its paw print in AKC's history," AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a press release. "But keep your eye on the French bulldog. The Frenchie has risen 32 spots over the past decade and shows no signs of stopping."

At number two on the list is another popular breed, the German shepherd.

Labrador retriever's relative, the Golden Retriever is at No. 3.

The top three remains unchanged since 2013.

Other popular breeds high on the list are Siberian huskies, which have increased in rank each year and is currently at No. 12 on the list.

Bigger dogs have been moving up on the list. 

The Leonberger moved up eight spots to 101 to 93. 

The cane corso is up 12 spots to 35 from 47 and the Norwegian elkhound has moved up 12 spots as well from 100 to number 88.

Smaller dogs seem to be on the decline. Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus,  bichon frises and Malteses have fallen in rank.

DiNardo said Americans gernerally like "easy-to-care-for, fun family dogs."

The listings come from 2015 AKC registration data, and does not include mixed breeds.

The top 10 can be seen below. The full list is on the AKC website.

  1. Labrador retriever 
  2. German shepherd
  3. Golden retriever 
  4. Bulldogs
  5. Beagles
  6. French bulldogs
  7. Yorkshire terriers
  8. Poodles
  9. Rottweilers
  10. Boxers

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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