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Once again, the Labrador Retriever is the nation’s most popular dog breed. People don’t just love them, they’re obsessed with them.

If you’re already a fan, then you know all about the breed’s many charming qualities. But if you’re still wondering how the Lab continues to dominate the competition year after year, the photos below illustrate why thousands of Americans can’t get enough!

1. Because Lab puppies are heart-meltingly adorable.

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2. Because they come in all different colors…

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…and they’re all stunning.

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3. Because they’re Olympic-quality athletes in dock diving

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…and agility.

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4. Because they take their work very seriously.

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5. Because they make wonderful therapy dogs.

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6. Because they’re always up for a swim.

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7. Because they play well with others.

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8. Because they’re goofy.

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9. And can be very chill.

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10. In fact, they think everywhere is a good place for a nap.

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11. They’re always willing to listen…

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…and smile at you when you need it most.

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12. They’ll go wherever you go.

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13. And play any time…

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…and anywhere.

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14. They’re great with kids.

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15. And even when you’re completely exasperated with them, they’ll melt your heart all over again.

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16. Because they love you so much.

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17. And let you love them right back!

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See the full list of 2017’s most popular breeds here.

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