Edgar (“Ed”) Gentle is an attorney and a partner at Gentle Turner Sexton & Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and chairman of the Board of Custom Cable Services, Inc., in Fultondale. An avid outdoorsman, Ed Gentle enjoys spending his free time fishing and training his dog, a chocolate Labrador.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the honor of most popular dog breed in the United States belongs to the Labrador retriever. When the AKC announced its 2016 list in early 2017, the Labrador ranked No. 1 for the 26th consecutive year. Golden retrievers were not far behind, ranking third behind only Labradors and German shepherds.
The 2016 list saw little movement among the nation’s most popular breeds, with poodles moving from No. 8 to No. 7 and Rottweilers climbing from No. 9 in 2015 to No. 8. The Yorkshire terrier, meanwhile, dropped from No. 7 to No. 9. The remainder of the top 10 stayed the same, most notably the French bulldog, which has solidified itself as the nation’s sixth most popular breed of dog after climbing up from outside the top 10 in 2013.