American Kennel Club Reveals Memphis' Top Dogs

Jan 27, 2010, 11:06 ET from American Kennel Club

-- 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 Memphis for 2009.* This year the German Shepherd Dog took Memphis' top spot.

"Memphisians have declared the German Shepherd Dog as "The King" of dog breeds. Its number one spot locally even surpassed the breed's ascent to its national second place ranking in 2009," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Other breeds in waiting include the Rottweiler and Shih Tzu which dethroned the Golden Retriever and the Boxer in the Top 5."

Memphis' Top 5 breeds for 2009 compared to last year:


Memphis' Most Popular Breeds 2009

Memphis' 2008 Ranking

1. German Shepherd Dog 

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog 

3. Beagle

3. Beagle

4. Rottweiler

4. Golden Retriever

5. Shih Tzu

5. Boxer



* Registration data pulled from Memphis 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.    

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. 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. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. 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.

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SOURCE American Kennel Club



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