The Washington Times - January 21, 2009, 05:55PM

For the 18th consecutive year, the Labrador retriever is America’s most popular purebred dog, Reuters is reporting.

U.S. dog owners registered more than 100,000 Labs last year, according to the American Kennel Club. The Yorkshire terrier was second, with about 42,000 registrations.

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Labs and Yorkies were followed by the German shepherd, the golden retriever, the beagle, the boxer and the dachshund in popularity.

I’m not a big dog fan, but I’m glad about the Labrador being top dog.

I just don’t know about some of those “boutique” dogs.  Some of them sound like what happens in a Port-a-Potty.

Cockapoo?  That has to be some kind of accident.  Same with shih tzu.

The chihuahua?  I’m sorry, but any dog that you carry in your purse is not a real dog.

But they’re weakening the breed — with the labradoodle.  Part Labrador, part poodle, all genetic experiment gone wrong.