Here are the top 10 dog breeds of 2016

Here are the top 10 dog breeds of 2016The results are in on the most hotly anticipated ranking of the year. On Tuesday the American Kennel Club announced the top 10 dog breeds of 2016, with the labrador retriever coming out on top.  SEE ALSO: Bulldog fighting to roll over in the snow is all the inspiration you need 1. Labrador Retriever Image: Lili sams/mashable 2. German Shepherd Dog Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE 3. Golden Retriever Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE 4. Bulldog Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE 5. Beagle Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE 6. French Bulldog Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE 7. Poodle Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE 8. Rottweiler Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE 9. Yorkshire Terrier Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE 10. Boxer Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE For 26 consecutive years, the friendly labrador retriever has taken the top spot in the AKC's rankings. Gina DiNardo, Vice President of the AKC, says the breed's been a mainstay on the list for its sociable nature and ease of training. "The lab fits well for a lot of different people and a lot of different environments," she says. While larger breeds dominate this year's top ranking, smaller breeds like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Maltese and the Shih Tzu have declined in popularity. "There's a little bit of a trend of people interested in owning larger breeds," DiNardo says. "I think that some people want them for protection; some people like to have a big dog in their household when they're home alone."  She also thinks the changing economy might allow for more pet owners to provide for larger breeds.  In keeping with the big dog trend, DiNardo says the biggest surprise on this year's list is the Rottweiler's increasing popularity. "They're naturally protective and that scares people sometimes, but they were bred to protect their families," she says. "A well-socialized, well-trained Rottweiler makes an excellent family pet." WATCH: Meet the patient dog who's basically a saint

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