Update, March 21, 2017: What a difference a year can make ... just not in the case of Dallas' favorite canines. The American Kennel Club announced today its 2016 list of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S. 

Dallasites preferred giving their dogs people names, like Jerry and Dez, in 2016

The organization also breaks down its list by cities, and Dallas has remained steadfast in its loyalty -- particularly when it comes to what the AKC calls its "battle of the bulldogs." 

The only small difference from last year is that Golden Retrievers have regained their former standing in Dallas, moving from fourth to third place and bumping German Shepherds from third to fourth. Our list below reflects that change and other updates.  

Here are Dallas' top five most popular breeds in 2016.

1. Labrador Retrievers 

No surprise here. This classic best friend tops the rankings both locally and nationwide. 

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2. Bulldog

Bulldogs are so in in Dallas. They're rising nationally, too, coming it at #4 in America. 

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3. Golden Retriever

Long hair don't care, these dogs and their gorgeous manes are making a comeback in Dallas. They came in #4 last year, having dropped from #2 in 2014, but anywhere you place them in the top five, they're an all-American choice. In fact, Golden Retrievers are ranked #3 in the United States for the second year in a row.

Buddy the golden retriever streaks across the grass at Wiggly Field Dog Park on Saturday. Wiggly Field is the city's only off-leash dog park, located at 1760 E. Ryan Road.

Buddy the golden retriever streaks across the grass at Wiggly Field Dog Park on Saturday. Wiggly Field is the city's only off-leash dog park, located at 1760 E. Ryan Road.

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4. German Shepherd 

Forget the pocket pups of yesteryear. A German Shepherd will not fit in your Louis Vuitton bag; it will, however, be a faithful companion. The breed ranked even higher nationally, coming in at #2 in America for the second year in a row. 

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5. French Bulldog

Frenchies are friendly, silly and incredibly cute. Dallas may be a trendsetter when it comes to the le petite chien, though. While they have risen 32 spots in the last decade, French Bulldogs came in at #6 nationally, outranked by the beloved Beagle, as #5 in America. 

Amber Davis
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