American Kennel Club Reveals Miami's 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 Miami for 2009.* Once again, the German Shepherd Dog took Miami's top spot.

"The Rottweiler and Bulldog both increased in popularity in Miami in 2009 which mirrors the national trend for both breeds," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Although the German Shepherd rose to become the second most popular breed in the nation in 2009, the Magic City was ahead of the trend and has been caught in a love spell with the German Shepherd for several years."

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

Miami's Most Popular Breeds 2009

Miami's 2008 Ranking

1.  German Shepherd Dog 

1.  German Shepherd Dog 

2.  Yorkshire Terrier

2.  Yorkshire Terrier

3.  Rottweiler

3.  Labrador Retriever

4.  Labrador Retriever

4.  Rottweiler**

5.  Bulldog

5.  French Bulldog

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

**Tied for 3rd (2008)

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

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