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Lifestyle, pop culture drive dog breed popularity

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A golden retriever puppy named Gibbs attends a news conference at the American Kennel Club in New York. The club announced their list of the most popular dog breeds in 2012, where the golden retriever remains one of the top five most popular dogs.

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Carol Bryant of Forty Fort, Pa., and her cocker spaniel, Dexter, attend the BlogPaws conference at the Salt Lake City Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dexter travels the country with Bryant, a blogger who spends her time meeting other pet owners. Dexter often breaks the ice because he knows no strangers and even has his own business cards.

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The American Kennel Club has found that lifestyle changes and popular culture are the biggest forces controlling dog popularity in the U.S. "The No. 1 thing that drives changes in dog popularity is people's lifestyles," said Lisa Peterson, the club's spokesperson. In New York City last year, larger breeds such as the Labrador retriever and German shepherd jumped over the smaller Yorkshire terrier. Peterson attributed to the economic recovery, saying "people are going back to larger dogs."
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    • A golden retriever puppy named Gibbs attends a news conference at the American Kennel Club in New York. The club announced their list of the most popular dog breeds in 2012, where the golden retriever remains one of the top five most popular dogs.
    • Carol Bryant of Forty Fort, Pa., and her cocker spaniel, Dexter, attend the BlogPaws conference at the Salt Lake City Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dexter travels the country with Bryant, a blogger who spends her time meeting other pet owners. Dexter often breaks the ice because he knows no strangers and even has his own business cards.
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