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Yorkshire Terrier Overtakes German Shepherd to Become Detroit’s Top Dog

February 28, 2012

– Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America’s Most Popular Breed While the Beagle and Rottweiler Make Strong Gains –

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Yorkshire Terrier made news last year by overtaking the protective German Shepherd to become Detroit’s top dog according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2011 ranking of the most popular dogs in the U.S.

“Proving the ‘Motor City’ marches to its own beat, the compact Yorkshire Terrier overtook the German Shepherd Dog to become top dog last year,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Detroit is one of the few cities without the Labrador Retriever in its top spot.”

    Detroit's Most Popular
     Breeds 2011*                Detroit's Most Popular Breeds 2010*
    ----------------------       ----------------------------------
    1.  Yorkshire Terrier        1.  German Shepherd Dog
    ---------------------        -----------------------
    2.  German Shepherd Dog      2.  Yorkshire Terrier
    -----------------------      ---------------------
    3.  Rottweiler               3.  Rottweiler
    --------------               --------------
    4.  Labrador Retriever       4.  Labrador Retriever
    ----------------------       ----------------------
    5.  Shih Tzu                 5.  Shih Tzu
    ------------                 ------------
    6.  Doberman Pinscher        6.  Beagle
    ---------------------        ----------
    7.  Beagle                   7.  Boxer/Golden Retriever**
    ----------                   ----------------------------
    8.  Poodle                   9.  Bulldog/Chihuahua/Doberman Pinscher***
    ----------                   ------------------------------------------
    9.  Boxer
    10. Bulldog

*Registration data pulled from Detroit zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
**Tied for #7 (2010)
***Tied for #9 (2010)

Notable trends in Detroit’s top breeds:

  • The lovable Labrador Retriever, ranked number one nationally, is Detroit’s fourth most popular dog, behind the Rottweiler at third, German Shepherd at second, and first placed Yorkie.
  • The Miniature Pinscher is Detroit’s 12th most popular dog. This spirited and fearless breed is ranked 42nd nationally, but has a good chance to break into the top 10 in Detroit next year.
  • The Doberman Pinscher jumped three spots to become Detroit’s sixth most popular breed. This fast and fearless breed is ranked 13th nationally.

The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today. The Beagle made big news by overtaking the beloved Yorkshire Terrier to become the third most popular dog breed, while the Golden Retriever advanced from the fifth to the fourth most popular dog breed. The Rottweiler also made big news by unseating the Shih Tzu – which had been in the top 10 since 2000. But fans of the Labrador Retriever need not fear: the beloved Lab remained the champ – a spot it has now held for 21 consecutive years – thanks to its well-earned reputation for playfulness and loyalty, and its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog.

    Most Popular Breeds Nationwide
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. German Shepherd Dog
    3. Beagle
    4. Golden Retriever
    5. Yorkshire Terrier
    6. Bulldog
    7. Boxer
    8. Poodle
    9. Dachshund
    10. Rottweiler

A complete list of AKC’s Most Popular Breeds, including national trends and statistics for 50 U.S. cities, is available on the AKC website at http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm.

For more information on finding a responsible breeder in your area, go to www.AKCpuppies.org.

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Add to your story with a list of AKC trivia questions based on the rankings or book an interview with an AKC Spokesperson by contacting Jessica Rice at (212) 696-8346 or jxr3@akc.org. Photos from the press conference are also available upon request to members of the press.]

The American Kennel Club (AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884, the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. 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. 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 www.akc.org.

SOURCE American Kennel Club

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