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Labrador Retriever Remains Long Island’s Top Dog

February 28, 2012

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

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Once again, the Labrador Retriever is Long Island’s top dog according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2011 ranking of the most popular dogs in the U.S.

“Lookout Labs,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The Golden Retriever made a strong play for Long Island’s top spot by leaping over the German Shepherd to land as second most popular last year.”

    Long Island's Most Popular
     Breeds 2011*                Long Island's 2010 Ranking*
    --------------------------   ---------------------------
    1.  Labrador Retriever       1.  Labrador Retriever
    ----------------------       ----------------------
    2.  Golden Retriever         2.  German Shepherd Dog
    --------------------         -----------------------
    3.  German Shepherd Dog      3.  Golden Retriever
    -----------------------      --------------------
    4.  Bulldog                  4.  Yorkshire Terrier
    -----------                  ---------------------
    5.  Rottweiler               5.  Shih Tzu
    --------------               ------------
    6.  Poodle                   6.  Bulldog
    ----------                   -----------
    7.  Boxer                    7.  Rottweiler
    ---------                    --------------
    8.  Yorkshire Terrier         8.  Cavalier King Charles
    ---------------------        --------------------------
    9.  Shih Tzu                 9.  Poodle
    ------------                 ----------
    10. Cavalier King Charles
     Spaniel                     10. Havanese
    -------------------------    ------------

*Registration data pulled from Long Island zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

Notable trends in Long Island’s top breeds:

  • The powerful and intelligent Boxer entered Long Island’s top 10 last year by jumping four places to number seven, while the small yet sturdy Havanese slipped from 10th place to 13th most popular.
  • Smaller breeds seemed to fall out of favor last year as the Yorkshire Terrier (number eight), Shi Tzu (number nine), and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (number 10) all took top 10 tumbles.
  • The Bulldog (number four), Rottweiler (number five) and Poodle (number six) all made top 10 gains on their quest to become most popular.

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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