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The American Kennel Club has revealed their list of the 10 most popular dog breeds of 2013, with the Labrador Retriever taking the top spot for the 23rd year in a row. It is the longest run of popularity for any dog breed since the AKC's founding in 1884. The top 10 breeds of 2013 are as follows: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, Poodles, Rottweilers and Dachshunds. The Labrador Retriever is known to be a highly trainable breed with an agreeable personality. They have been used as guide dogs for the blind, trained in narcotics detection and included in search-and-rescue teams. "It does so many different things really...

The American Kennel Club is the place to go to register purebred dogs, and it's also the governing body for dog shows, including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is currently in New York. But some breeders who sell dogs registered with the club have been raided by police on animal abuse charges, and critics believe that the Kennel Club does not do nearly enough to inspect breeders it supports, according to a startling expose in the New York Times. At this year's Westminster Dog Show. Take the example of Margaret and James...

AKC Welcomes Two New Breeds

It's that time of year when one of the most exclusive dog clubs in the United States invites new breeds into their company. According to Time, the American Kennel Club added two new breeds: the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and the Chinook. "The AKC is thrilled to add these lively and energetic breeds to the registry giving dog lovers even more breeds to choose from," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Both breeds are very athletic and will make great companions for those who love to stay active." The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno ...

Shelley Bueche Roxie, Coco, Carley, Mocha, Skeem, Moby and Pearl are all pit bull terrier rescues and crucial members of the Pit Crew, an all-pit-bull therapy group associated with Love-A-Bull, a non-profit pit-bull-advocacy group based in Austin, Texas. These spunky dogs belong to a breed believed by many to be misunderstood and misrepresented, a breed with as many detractors as defenders. Love-A-Bull was formed as a spin-off from the Austin American Pit Bull Terrier Meet-Up Group that started in 2003. Lydia Zaidman, an attorney and pit-bull rescuer in Austin, began Love-A-Bull to educate the public about the breed, dispel rumors about pit bulls, advocate against Breed Specific Legislatio...

edavid3001, Flickr Meet Mary Burch, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen director and Paw Nation's expert columnist addressing your questions on animal behavior. Dr. Burch has more than 25 years of experience working with dogs, and she is one of fewer than 50 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists based in the United States. She is the author of 10 books, including the new official book on the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program, "Citizen Canine: 10 Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know." Q: How can I get my recently adopted 1-year-old Maltipoo and my 14-year-old Maltese to be friends? A: When dogs get much older, sometimes owners bring in a younger dog in order to keep th...