-- Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular Breed As German Shepherd Dog Makes A Move For The Top Spot --
NEW YORK, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Kennel Club® (AKC) announced today the "Top 5" most popular AKC-registered dog breeds in Columbus for 2009.* This year, the German Shepherd Dog took Columbus' top spot.
"The German Shepherd Dog beat out the Labrador Retriever to reign supreme in Columbus," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "This culminates its steady rise up the charts – from third in 2007, second in 2008 and now first in 2009. The Bulldog also gained four spots to rank in third place, echoing the breed's national rise."
Columbus' Top 5 breeds for 2009 compared to 2008:
Columbus' Most Popular Breeds 2009
Columbus' 2008 Ranking
5. Yorkshire Terrier**
* Registration data pulled from Columbus zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
** Tied for 4th (2009)
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.
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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SOURCE American Kennel Club