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Yorkshire Terrier Remains NYC’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/ — Once again, the Yorkshire Terrier defied the nation by surpassing the Labrador Retriever to remain NYC’s top dog according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2011 ranking of the most popular dogs in the U.S.

“The French Bulldog made strong gains on its quest to overtake the Yorkshire Terrier as top dog in the Big Apple,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “This easy to maintain breed jumped two places to land as third most popular and looks like he has his eye on the top spot.”

    New York City's Most
     Popular Breeds 2011*        New York City's 2010 Ranking*
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    1.  Yorkshire Terrier        1.  Yorkshire Terrier
    ---------------------        ---------------------
    2.  Labrador Retriever       2.  Labrador Retriever
    ----------------------       ----------------------
    3.  French Bulldog           3.  German Shepherd Dog
    ------------------           -----------------------
    4.  German Shepherd Dog      4.  Bulldog
    -----------------------      -----------
    5.  Bulldog                  5.  French Bulldog
    -----------                  ------------------
    6.  Poodle                   6.  Shih Tzu
    ----------                   ------------
    7.  Shih Tzu                 7.  Dachshund
    ------------                 -------------
    8.  Golden Retriever         8.  Rottweiler
    --------------------         --------------
    9.  Rottweiler               9.  Maltese
    --------------               -----------
    10. Havanese                 10. Poodle
    ------------                 ----------

*Registration data pulled from New York City zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

Notable trends in New York City’s top breeds:

  • New to Manhattan’s top 10 are the Golden Retriever (up six places to number eight) and the Havanese (up three places to number 10).
  • While the Golden and Havanese made strong gains in their quest for the top spot, the Maltese dropped out of the top 10 altogether (down two places to eleventh).
  • Local top 10 tumbles last year included the German Shepherd (down one place to fourth), Bulldog (down one place to fifth), and Shih Tzu (down one place to seventh).

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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