Spring 2009 Newsletter

Popular Dog Breeds

Which breed led the list of most popular purebred dog in 2008? Once again the Labrador Retriever has that honor. The biggest surprise on the list was the Bulldog moving from the 10th spot in 2007 to the 8th spot in 2008. 2007 was the first year the Bulldog made the list in 70 years.

2008 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Bulldog
9. Poodle
10. Shih Tzu

2009 is the 125th anniversary of the American Kennel Club. When the AKC started in 1884, they only registered nine breeds instead of the 161 they currently list. AKC Registered Breeds in 1884: Pointer, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, English Setter, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, and Sussex Spaniel.

The original breeds are all member of the Sporting Group - dogs bred to help man find and retrieve game. They were effective hunters because they train easily and desire to please. These breeds probably aren't on the list now because of the changing role dogs have in our lives. Today's dogs work in many fields from guide dogs to bomb detecting dogs. But the main function for most dogs is to be best friends and companions to their people.

To find out more about various breeds of dog, go to the AKC website at www.akc.org.

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