AKC Unveils Top 10 Most Popular Dogs in America
Labrador retriever once again celebrated as most popular breed.
AKC names Labrador retriever most popular purebred dog The Labrador retriever’s reign as the most-popular purebred dog in the nation continues for the 18th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). The AKC on Wednesday, Jan 21, unveiled the top-10 most-popular dogs in America during an event in New York to kick off the organization’s 125th anniversary.
The other top dogs include the Yorkshire terrier, German shepherd, golden retriever and beagle. The top 10 most popular dogs in America for 2008 are:
1. Labrador retriever
2. Yorkshire terrier
3. German shepherd
4. Golden retriever
10. Shih Tzu
Each year, the AKC also looks at the most popular breeds in each of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Some highlights include:
* The Bulldog continues to climb the national list. It’s really marking its territory in a number of western cities — Las Vegas, Nev., Long Beach, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., and San Diego, Calif. — where it ranked second.
* Detroit, Mich., and Miami, Fla., are the only cities that do not have the Labrador retriever in the top spot, both favoring the German shepherd dog.
* The boxer is muscling its way to the top in a few cities, ranking second in Baltimore, Md., Cincinnati, Ohio, Des Moines, Iowa, Louisville, Ky., Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo. It’s third in Atlanta, Ga., Cleveland, Ohio, New Orleans, La., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., Pittsburgh, Pa., St. Louis, Mo., and Philadelphia, Pa.
* Californians seem to love the miniature pinscher (ranked 32nd nationally). It came in sixth (up from 15 in 2007) in San Diego and ranked eighth in Sacramento.
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