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January 29, 2010

Top Dogs (Shayna, my Lab, isn't surprised....)

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB ANNOUNCES

MOST POPULAR DOGS IN THE U.S.:

 

-- Labrador Retriever Remains America’s Most Popular Dog as

 German Shepherd Makes A Move For The Top Spot --

 

-- Breeds That Help Keep Us Safe Dominate the Top 5 --

 

New York, NY – For the 19th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America, but could this be the last year for the Lab’s reign?  

 

According to American Kennel Club® (AKC) 2009 registration statistics released today during a press conference at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the German Shepherd Dog overtook the Yorkshire Terrier last year and is now ranked second most popular in the nation for the first time in more than three decades.

 

An American favorite since the time of Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd Dog became the number one breed of the 1920s, but then slipped in popularity until after World War II. 

 

“Labs have been America’s top dog for nearly two decades due to their loyal and gentle nature,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “But the German Shepherd Dog has gained ground recently, quite possibly due to the increased attention they receive for their security efforts at home and abroad.  Hailed as the world’s leading police, guard and military dog, this energetic and fun-loving breed is a loyal family pet, ideal companion and dependable K-9 partner when duty calls.”

 

2009 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog 

3. Yorkshire Terrier

4. Golden Retriever

5. Beagle

6. Boxer

7. Bulldog      

8. Dachshund

9. Poodle      

10. Shih Tzu 



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This is interesting. I like Labs, but they're so *enthusiastic*, they can be a little exhausing to be around. I spent some time at the Humane Society when I was looking for a pet, and I noticed that a lot of the dogs were Labs or Lab mixes. I think sometimes people buy a Lab without really knowing what they're getting into. They're sweet dogs, but they have to be taught that they're not lap dogs.

German Shepherds are sweet and smart and empathetic, but of course, they also need a lot of exercise. They're my favorite dog.

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