The top three most popular dog breeds in Alabama are Labrador retriever, German shepherd, and…beagle, reports this interactive Time infographic, which is based on information from the American Kennel Club (AKC). According to alabama.com, Alabama’s love for beagles coincides with its people’s love for hunting. In fact, beagles are among the top three faves in a number of southern states where hunting is a popular activity.
“Labs love water,” points out Anchorage Daily News, making Labs a lot less popular with owners trying to keep their homes clean come spring in Alaska. (Think mud, mud, and more mud.) However, they’re still number one in Alaska, followed by German shepherds, and golden retrievers, according to the AKC’s ranking. Fun fact: Unique to Alaska’s top 10 is their love for the Alaskan malamute, the official state dog.