Poodles pop in popularity, but Labs still No. 1 US dog breed

  • FILE - Memo, a Labrador retriever, competes in the sporting group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. The American Kennel Club’s annual popularity rankings come out Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and Labrador retrievers are the top dog. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

  • FILE - A French bulldog named Reba waits to enter the ring at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in New York, Feb. 16, 2015. The American Kennel Club’s annual popularity rankings come out Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and French bulldogs are in the top 10. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK — Labrador retrievers are still tugging hardest on U.S. dog lovers’ heartstrings, but poodles just strutted back into the American Kennel Club’s top five most popular dog breeds for the first time in nearly a quarter-century.