Lifestyle Pets Very Important Dog Press Conference Names Labrador Retriever Most Popular Dog Breed The Labrador retriever earned the top spot for the 27th year in a row By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 28, 2018 04:01 PM Share Tweet Pin Email While you were attending to your human business today you may have missed a very important dog press conference. On Wednesday morning, the American Kennel Club announced its annual Most Popular Dog Breeds list. Present at the announcement were furry representatives from each of the Top 5 breeds. This year the Labrador retriever was once again named the country’s most popular breed. Labs are comfortable with the title since they have won it for 27 consecutive years. But these pooches might not be top dog forever. The French bulldog is closing in fast. The stout breed, ranked no. 1 in popularity in both New York City and Los Angeles, made big moves in the national ranking, jumping up two spots to the no. 4 slot. Ben Gabbe/Getty This jump pushed the Beagle out of the Top 5 list; it’s the first time the floppy-eared dog has missed the list since 1998. Ben Gabbe/Getty The top rankings for the most popular dog breeds of 2017 stand as: Labrador RetrieverGerman ShepherdGolden RetrieverFrench BulldogBulldog Ben Gabbe/Getty Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. To get a full list of where every breed ranks and which dog is no. 1 in your state or city, visit AKC.org.