American Kennel Club Reveals San Francisco's and Oakland's Top Dogs

Jan 27, 2010, 11:03 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 San Francisco and Oakland for 2009.* Once again, the Labrador Retriever and Yorkshire Terrier took San Francisco and Oakland's top spots respectively.

"San Francisco, known for its trend setting, treasures French Bulldogs as its second most popular breed.  While ranking only 24th nationally, San Francisco may be ahead of the rest of the nation on "Frenchies" but mirrors Labs and Goldens nationally at first and fourth respectively," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  

San Francisco's Top 5 breeds for 2009 compared to 2008:

San Francisco's Most Popular Breeds 2009

San Francisco's 2008 Ranking

1. Labrador Retriever

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Yorkshire Terrier

2. Yorkshire Terrier

3. French Bulldog

3. Bulldog 

4. Golden Retriever

4. Golden Retriever

5. Bulldog 

5. French Bulldog

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

"Oakland residents also march to the beat of their own drummer, crowning the Yorkshire Terrier the most beloved breed, beating out the Labrador Retriever, which has been the number one dog nationwide for 19 consecutive years," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  "The Bulldog and Dachshund shook things up by making the Top five after not even cracking the Top ten list in 2008."

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

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

** Tied for 2nd (2009)

*** Tied for 5th (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.

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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