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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."