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The American Kennel Club has announced its most popular dog breeds of 2014. Labrador retrievers lead the pack nationwide, but the French Bulldog reigns supreme in New York City. 

The small but mighty Yorkshire Terrier -- once New York City's top dog - continues to fall out of favor with New Yorkers, dropping from sixth to eighth in 2014.

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  • The saying goes that dog is man's best friend, but while Houston loves its cuddly canines, almost all of our popular breeds are anything but lap dogs. Click through to see which dog reigns supreme. Photo: Gary Coronado, Houston Chronicle / © 2014 Houston Chronicle

    Photo By Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle 

    The saying goes that dog is man's best friend, but while Houston loves its cuddly canines, almost all of our popular breeds are anything but lap dogs. Click through to see which dog reigns supreme.

  • French BulldogsAmerica 2014: 9Houston 2014: 10America 2013: N/AHouston 2013: 10 Photo: American Kennel Club

    Photo By David Woo / American Kennel Club 

    French Bulldogs
    America 2014:
    9
    Houston 2014: 10
    America 2013: N/A
    Houston 2013: 10

  • Doberman PinschersAmerica 2014: N/AHouston 2014: 9America 2013: N/AHouston 2013: N/A Photo: Tom Pitera, American Kennel Club / © 2013 Thomas Pitera Photography

    Photo By Tom Pitera/American Kennel Club 

    Doberman Pinschers
    America 2014:
    N/A
    Houston 2014: 9
    America 2013: N/A
    Houston 2013: N/A

  • BoxersAmerica 2014: 8Houston 2014: 8America 2013: 7Houston 2013: 9 Photo: American Kennel Club

    Photo By American Kennel Club 

    Boxers
    America 2014:
    8
    Houston 2014: 8
    America 2013: 7
    Houston 2013: 9

  • PoodlesAmerica 2014: 7Houston 2014: 7America 2013: 8Houston 2013: 6 Photo: American Kennel Club

    Photo By American Kennel Club 

    Poodles
    America 2014:
    7
    Houston 2014: 7
    America 2013: 8
    Houston 2013: 6

  • RottweilerAmerica 2014: 10Houston 2014: 6America 2013: 9Houston 2013: 7 Photo: Tom Pitera, American Kennel Club / © 2013 Thomas Pitera Photography

    Photo By Tom Pitera/American Kennel Club 

    Rottweiler
    America 2014:
    10
    Houston 2014: 6
    America 2013: 9
    Houston 2013: 7

  • Yorkshire TerriersAmerica 2014: 6Houston 2014: 5America 2013: 6Houston 2013: 5 Photo: Tom Pitera, American Kennel Club / © 2013 Thomas Pitera Photography

    Photo By Tom Pitera/American Kennel Club 

    Yorkshire Terriers
    America 2014:
    6
    Houston 2014: 5
    America 2013: 6
    Houston 2013: 5

  • Golden RetrieverAmerica 2014: 3Houston 2014: 4America 2013: 3Houston 2013: 4 Photo: American Kennel Club

    Photo By David Woo / American Kennel Club 

    Golden Retriever
    America 2014: 3

    Houston 2014: 4
    America 2013: 3
    Houston 2013: 4

  • German ShepherdsAmerica 2014: 2Houston 2014: 3America 2013: 2Houston 2013: 3 Photo: American Kennel Club

    Photo By American Kennel Club 

    German Shepherds
    America 2014:
    2
    Houston 2014: 3
    America 2013: 2
    Houston 2013: 3

  • BulldogAmerica 2014: 4Houston 2014: 2America 2013: 5Houston 2013: 2 Photo: American Kennel Club

    Photo By David Woo / American Kennel Club 

    Bulldog
    America 2014:
    4
    Houston 2014: 2
    America 2013: 5
    Houston 2013: 2

  • Labrador RetrieversAmerica 2014: 1Houston 2014: 1America 2013: 1Houston 2013: 1 Photo: American Kennel Club

    Photo By David Woo / American Kennel Club 

    Labrador Retrievers
    America 2014:
    1
    Houston 2014: 1
    America 2013: 1
    Houston 2013: 1

  • FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2007 file photo, four Labrador retrievers line up for a photograph with their handlers before entering the ring for competition at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Labs reigned as the nation's top dog in 2014 for the 24th year after breaking poodles’ decades-old record in 2013, according to American Kennel Club rankings set to be released Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Labrador retrievers hit the top 10 in the 1970s and haven’t left since. Photo: Kathy Willens, AP / AP

    Photo By Kathy Willens/AP 

    FILE - In this Feb.

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    An upstate pet-training center promised nice digs for pampered pooches — but instead the animals were living in dangerous doggie dumps, a private investigator says.

    Self-described canine expert Roland Fox — who runs the training center Fox K9 Instinct Barkour — is being investigated by the Sullivan County SPCA after two dogs died in his care in July, private detective Bo Dietl told The Post.

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    It's sort of like a spanking, a short-lived physical punishment for unwanted behavior. But like spanking, people can't seem to agree if it's an acceptable form of discipline, in this case, for dogs.

    Sean O'Shea tells CBS News correspondent Don Dahler he's used shock collars to train dogs for years. He swears by it, and he's not alone.

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