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Melissa Laggis Photographer: Black Labrador Retriever Puppy

It's official! The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in America.

And is it really any wonder that the Lab is the most popular dog breed? I bet if you sit down right now, you can name AT LEAST 6 friends who currently own a Labrador Retriever. As a matter of fact, odds are high you own, or have owned, a Lab yourself!

This is the 26th year in a row that the Labrador Retriever has snagged the number one spot in popular breed rankings. The lab is a versatile dog who loves to please her humans. Labradors are quick to learn and have enough stamina to be on the go all day.

Any time a Lab puppy comes into my studio, I 100% understand the attraction to this breed. The face of a Lab puppy is awfully hard to beat! Those big eyes, that sweet expression, those floppy ears... argh! I just can't get enough!

Enter, one of the cutest little Lab puppies on the planet, Kimber.

This baby girl was SO much fun to photograph! There just wasn't a single moment when she gave me a bad expression. Every single thing she did was simply adorable! I told Angelia, Kimber's human, that if Kimber belonged to me, she'd get away with everything.

I mean, come ON, I am convinced the term "puppy dog eyes" came from folks who owned Labrador Retriever puppies. You just cannot deny those eyes!

Kimber also had another thing going for her when she entered my studio. She is a black Labrador Retriever. And while I love all the different coat colors of Labs, the black ones just have a special place in my heart. But, as my clients all know; any black or white dog is special to me! It seems those are the only two colors I "collect" :)

*Funny side story: When I got my latest dog, who is white, my veterinarian took one look and said to me, "you do know that dogs come in other colors besides black and white...?"