Wednesday, January 21, 2009

American Kennel Club Top Dogs

American Kennel Club Reveals Washington, D.C.'s Top Dogs

-- Nationally, Labrador Retriever Holds Firm in Top Spot While the Bulldog Continues Its Ascent --

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Kennel Club(R) announced today the "Top 10" most popular AKC(R) registered breeds in Washington, D.C. for 2008.*

The AKC also announced their nationwide registration statistics which revealed that for the 18th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred in America. 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. It made news last year by returning to the AKC's Top 10 for the first time in over 70 years and now has jumped 6 percent, advancing two spots to land in 8th place.

Here's a look at Washington, D.C.'s Top 10 breeds as compared to the rest of the country:

1. Labrador Retriever 1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog 2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. Yorkshire Terrier** 3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever 4. Golden Retriever
5. Poodle 5. Beagle
6. Pug 6. Boxer
7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 7. Dachshund
8. Boxer 8. Bulldog
9. Bulldog*** 9. Poodle
10. Shih Tzu/ Cocker Spaniel**** 10. Shih Tzu

* Registration data pulled from Washington, D.C. zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
** Tied with #2
*** Tied with #8
**** Tied with #10

"While Obama focuses on the Portuguese Water Dog as potential "first dog" Washingtonians are casting their votes for the more traditional Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Residents of the nation's capital also saw a rise in a popular Sporting dog, the Cocker Spaniel. This family-friendly breed makes a great pet for active families - in fact, it was ranked number one nationwide for 25 years."

Dog lovers can see and learn more about all of their favorite breeds on Saturday, January 31, 2009 when the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship -- where the country's top dogs compete for $225,000 in prize money and the title of "National Champion" -- airs on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT). Highlights from the AKC Agility Invitational will air on Animal Planet on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Visit for information on other cities and the complete list of national rankings.

The American Kennel Club proudly celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit

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