A m e r i c a n K e n n e l C l u b N e w s A r t i c l e 6 . b o x Bulldog Muscles Its Way Into AKC’s List Of Top 10 Most Popular Dogs In Americ e r 7. dachshund 8. Poodle 9. Shih Tzu 10. bulldog a
date of article: January 16, 2008
bulldog makes the list for first Time in nearly 75
years; labrador retriever Continues to fetch Top Spot -
aKC appears on nbC Today Show to announce
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Press Conference Photos
new york, ny – Today the american Kennel Club® announced that the bulldog, a popular sports team mascot and one of the most recognizable and iconic purebred dogs, has muscled its way into the 10th spot on the organization’s annual list of the most popular breeds in america according to 2007 aKC® registra- tion figures. The Labrador Retriever retains the title of “Top dog”— a position it has now held for 17 con- secutive years.
“This is the first time the Bulldog has made it onto the top ten list since 1935,” said aKC spokesperson lisa Peterson. “This breed appeals to a very wide range of dog lovers so it’s no surprise that it is a favor- ite amongst aKC’s 157 breeds. The bulldog is both docile and adaptive, and can thrive in small or large homes. it’s an excellent all-around family pet.”
The Bulldog was first recognized by the AKC in 1886
just two years after the organization’s founding
and was most popular in 1915* when it peaked in
5th place. The breed’s popularity ebbed and flowed throughout the mid-20th century, but since hitting a low of 41st place in 1973, its ranking has steadily in- creased.
2007 most Popular dogs in the u.S.
german Shepherd dog
fraudulenT fidoS unfortunately the bulldog’s popularity – and irresist- ible appearance as a puppy – is often taken advantage of. earlier this year the aKC and the better business bureau issued a warning about internet scams that of- ten used photos of bulldog puppies to lure in victims. Commonly, the scammer —posing as a breeder— places an ad offering a free or inexpensive puppy and then requests via email that shipping fees be wired. after the money is sent, the dog never arrives and the scammer is never heard from again.
“This is certainly not the only scam to be aware of, but it is a common one,” says Peterson. “because of the emotional investment, consumers are more vulner- able to being taken advantage of when it comes to a cute, cuddly puppy than with any other purchase. not only is it important to find the breed that’s right for your lifestyle, it’s just as important to take those extra steps and find a responsible breeder. A great resource is www.puppybuyerinfo.com.”
PeT PreferenCeS: ToP 50 CiTieS The aKC looked at the Top 10 breeds in the nation’s 50 largest cities. Some highlights:
The bulldog is most popular in los angeles where is it currently ranked 2nd right after the lab. despite having one of the world’s most beloved and renowned bulldogs as the mascot for its state col- lege sports team – university of georgia’s “uga,”
atlanta is one of the few cities in the nation that did
not include the bulldog in its Top 10. The Poodle and dachshund, who each once enjoyed the top spot in manhattan (2006, 2005 for the Poodle and 2004 for the dachshund) now share a tie for 3rd place, ousted by america’s top choice, the labrador retriever.de- troit, Knoxville, miami, honolulu and orlando are the only cities that do not have the labrador retriever in the top spot. detroit and miami favor the german Shepherd, orlando puts the yorkie in 1st place, ho- nolulu the golden retriever and Knoxville the boxer. Salt lake City is the only city to place the Shih Tzu in
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