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Large Breeds Top 2013 Popular Dog List

The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog.

While a popular animal debate in the United States sets cats against dogs, there is another pet mashup. Apparently, there's a clear distinction in the preference of large over small canine breeds. According to The American Kennel Club (AKC), big breeds are the clear favorite among Americans.

The nonprofit canine organization released its list of the most popular dogs in the U.S., based off of pet registrations. The family-friendly Labrador Retriever has taken the No. 1 spot for the 23rd consecutive year. The second- and third-place breeds are the German shepherd and the golden retriever.

"Owning bigger breeds – an economic indicator of sorts – have been on the rise during the past five years," Lisa Peterson, AKC spokesperson, said in a statement. "As the economy has improved, people are turning back to the big dogs they love, which cost more to feed and care for than the smaller breeds that saw a rise in popularity in 2007 and 2008."

However, some small dogs made the top 10 list, including the beagle, bulldog and Yorkshire terrier, which ultimately means Americans love all types of dogs no matter the size.

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