Spring 2010 Magazine

Top Ten Lists

Everyone loves top ten lists. What are the top ten most popular dog and cat breeds in the US? For the breed registries, American Kennel Club (AKC), The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) and The International Cat Association (TICA), this is based on the number of cats and dogs registered for that particular breed. While it is fun to see what the purebred registries consider the top ten breeds, we all know that our own cat or dog is actually #1 on any list.

AKC - Most Popular Dogs

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

CFA - Most Popular Cat Breeds

1. Persian
2. Exotic
3. Maine Coon
4. Siamese
5. Abyssinian
6. Ragdoll
7. Sphynx
8. American Shorthair
9. Birman
10. Oriental

TICA - Most Popular Cat Breeds

1. Bengal
2. Ragdoll
3. Maine Coon
4. Sphynx
5. Siberian
6. Savannah (Advanced New Breed Class, and breeders are currently working toward Championship status)
7. Persian
8. Norwegian Forest
9. British Shorthair
10. Abyssinian

To learn more about these breeds and others, go to www.akc.org, www.cfainc.org, and www.tica.org.

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