Wednesday, January 27, 2010

American Kennel Club Reveals Atlanta's Top Dogs

/PRNewswire/ -- The American Kennel Club® (AKC) announced today the "Top 5" most popular AKC-registered dog breeds in Atlanta for 2009.* Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Atlanta's top spot.

"Atlanta has remained loyal to its favorite dogs over the past two years, with the same breeds remaining in the top five," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The German Shepherd Dog and Boxer have also tussled playfully in their rankings since 2007, but this year, the German Shepherd Dog triumphed."

Atlanta's Top 5 breeds for 2009 compared to 2008:

Atlanta's Most Popular Breeds 2009 Atlanta's 2008 Ranking
1. Labrador Retriever 1. Labrador Retriever
2. Golden Retriever 2. Golden Retriever
3. German Shepherd Dog 3. Boxer
4. Boxer 4. German Shepherd Dog
5. Yorkshire Terrier 5. Yorkshire Terrier

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

The AKC also announced their nationwide registration statistics today, revealing that for the 19th consecutive year the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America. But, the AKC notes that this year the German Shepherd Dog made a move for the top spot by overtaking the Yorkshire Terrier and is now ranked second most popular in the nation for the first time in more than three decades.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2009
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Yorkshire Terrier
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle

Dog lovers can see and learn more about all of their favorite breeds on Saturday, February 6, 2010, 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, 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT). You can also catch the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence honorees, which include the Golden Retriever "Robin" in the Law Enforcement category.

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