Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kennel Club Announces Top Dog

The Labrador Retriever dogged the competition once again and for the 18th straight year, was announced as the top dog in America.

From the American Kennel Club:

Labrador Retriever Holds Firm in Top Spot on AKC's List of Most Popular Dogs in America; Lovable Bulldog Continues its Ascent

-- AKC Celebrates 125th Anniversary with a Look Back at First AKC Registered Breeds in History --

New York, NY – For the 18th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America, according to 2008 registration statistics released today by the American Kennel Club® (AKC) But, while more than twice as many Labs were registered last year than any other breed making it a likely leader for many years to come, the Bulldog continues to amble its way up the list. The breed made news last year by returning to the AKC’s Top 10 for the first time in more than 70 years and now has jumped 6%, advancing two spots to land in 8th place.

“The playful Lab may still reign supreme, but the docile and adaptive nature of the Bulldog is gaining ground as a family favorite,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “It’s no surprise to learn that this devoted family companion is still growing in popularity.”

2008 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Yorkshire Terrier

3. German Shepherd Dog

4. Golden Retriever

5. Beagle

6. Boxer

7. Dachshund

8. Bulldog

9. Poodle

10. Shih Tzu

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