NEW YORK (AP) -- America's fondness for Labrador retrievers is still setting records, but bulldogs are breaking new ground.

Labs reigned as the nation's top dog last year for the 24th year after breaking poodles' decades-old record in 2013, according to American Kennel Club rankings set to be released Thursday. But bulldogs have hit a new high -- No.

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February 16, 2015 4:38 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— If you were to look at a dog without knowing its history it would be very difficult to identify its breed. According to Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA, statistics show even 5,000 dog experts guessed the wrong breed of dog 70 percent of the time.

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Should a district judge deem a dog dangerous, the owner normally has the ability to keep the canine, but it must be listed on the state Department of Agriculture's dangerous-dog registry.

A dangerous dog is one that has attacked, inflicted severe injury to or killed a human or domesticated animal without provocation while off an owner's property, said Samantha Elliott Krepps, spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture.

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Welcoming a pet into a home can be a joyous event. Companion animals have a way of assimilating into a family rather quickly. Some prospective pet owners spend months researching the type of breed they prefer, while others prefer to adopt mixed-breed dogs from a nearby animal shelter.

Purebred and mixed breed dogs both make great pets.

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There are many places where you can find a great dog. The type of dog you want will play a part in determining where you should get your dog. For example, if you want a purebred puppy, you should purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. If you want an adult dog, an animal shelter or a rescue group might be a better choice for you.… Read the full post here