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Top Dog Breeds by City in 2007

By: American Kennel Club

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) released their registration numbers for 2007 numbers allowing us to determine the top 10 breeds for the year. For the 17th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is once again America's favorite purebred dog, according to registration numbers tallied by the American Kennel Club. A new breed joined the top 10, the Bulldog. For a full list of all AKC breed rankings, go to Top Breeds for 2007.

They also tallied top breeds by city for 50 US cities including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Buffalo, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinatti, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tucson, and Washington DC.

In reviewing these numbers by city, it is hard to draw any conclusions on why some cities prefer some dogs over other dogs. One might think that the warm-weather tolerant breeds might be more common in the South and outdoorsy dogs might be more common in the Midwestern cities. However, there seem to be no pattern to how these cities love their dogs!

The AKC looked at the Top 10 breeds in the nation's 50 largest cities.

Here are 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 college 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.

  • Detroit, 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,Honolulu the Golden Retriever and Knoxville the Boxer.

  • Salt Lake City is the only city to place the Shih Tzu in one of its top two spots. It moved from 3rd in 2006 to 2nd in 2007. The only cities to not have the Yorkie on their lists are Buffalo, Milwaukee and Des Moines.

  • And, Des Moines had the most unique list of all 50 cities, considering that it shared only four dogs with the national Top 10.

  • The Miniature Schnauzer, which was displaced on the national list this year by the Bulldog, still claims top dog status in Oklahoma City where it ranks 3rd, higher than in any other U.S. city.

  • San Francisco and Los Angeles were the only cities in the nation to include the French Bulldog in their Top 10 lists.

    First, let's look at the overall top 10 then we will list the ranking by city in alphabetical order.

    The Top 10 Breeds of 2007 are:

    1. Labrador retriever
    2. Yorkshire terrier
    3. German shepherd
    4. Golden retriever
    5. Beagle
    6. Boxer
    7. Dachshund
    8. Poodles
    9. Shih Tzu
    10. Bulldog

    The Top Breeds by City include:

    Atlanta's Top Dogs
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. Golden Retriever
    3. German Shepherd Dog
    4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
    5. Boxer
    6. Yorkshire Terrier
    7. Shih Tzu
    8. Miniature Schnauzer
    9. Doberman Pinscher
    10. Dachshund

    Austin's Top Dogs
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. Golden Retriever
    3. Yorkshire Terrier
    4. German Shepherd Dog
    5. Boxer
    6. Dachshund*
    7. Poodle
    8. Chihuahua
    9. Pug
    10. Beagle

    *Tied with #5

    Baltimore
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. Golden Retriever
    3. Boxer
    4. Yorkshire Terrier
    5 German Shepherd Dog
    6. Pug
    7. Poodle
    8. Dachshunds
    9. Rottweiler
    10. Bulldog

    Boston's Top Dogs
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. German Shepherd Dog
    3. Yorkshire Terrier
    4. Golden Retriever
    5. Boxer
    6. Bulldog
    7. Pug
    8. Dachshund
    9. Poodle
    10. Pomeranian

    Buffalo's Top Dogs
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. Golden Retriever
    3. German Shepherd Dog
    4. Boxer
    5. Dachshund
    6. Rottweiler*
    7. Poodle
    8. Chihuahua
    9. Shih Tzu^
    10. Pug

    *Tied with #5
    ^Tied with #8

    Charlotte's Top Dogs
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. Golden Retriever
    3. Boxers
    4. German Shepherd Dog
    5. Yorkshire Terrier
    6. Rottweiler
    7. Dachshund
    8. Miniature Schnauzer
    9. Poodle
    10. Shih Tzu

    Chicago's Top Dogs
    1. Labrador Retriever
    2. German Shepherd Dog
    3. Yorkshire Terrier
    4. Boxer
    5. Golden Retriever
    6. Rottweiler
    7. Doberman Pinscher
    8. Bulldog
    9. Pug
    10. Vizsla


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