What is the most popular dog breed in America? The mutt, of course! Yet even mixed-breed dogs reflect 2011 statistics gathered by the American Kennel Club.
For the 20th year in a row, the Labrador retriever holds the No. 1 spot as the most popular breed in America, according to the AKC. But the No. 4 spot, previously owned by the golden retriever, now belongs to the beagle.
The top 10 nationwide: 1. Labrador retriever 2. German shepherd 3. Yorkshire terrier 4. Beagle 5. Golden retriever 6. Bulldog 7. Boxer 8. Dachshund 9. Poodle 10. Shih Tzu.
San Francisco's rankings skew somewhat differently. The top five: Labrador retriever, golden retriever, Yorkshire terrier, French bulldog and poodle.