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Top Dog Breeds by City in 2009

By: Courtesy of the American Kennel Club

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Little Rock's Top Dogs

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Yorkshire Terrier
4. Golden Retriever
5. Boxer

* Registration data pulled from Little Rock's zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
"Little Rock's dog lovers may not have chosen many little breeds in their top 5, but they certainly chose petite breeds overall with their 8 of their top 20 breeds all falling in the small category such as the Shih Tzu at number 20 and the Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Boston Terrier and others between the Yorkshire Terrier at number three," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.

Long Beach's Top Dogs

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Bulldog
4. French Bulldog
5. Yorkshire Terrier

* Registration data pulled from Long Beach zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
"The French Bulldog is an unusual favorite of Long Beach residents, ranked fourth in Long Beach but only twenty-fourth nationally," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The German Shepherd Dog rose to second in the city for 2009, however, mirroring the national rankings."

Long Island's Top Dogs

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Golden Retriever
4. Shih Tzu
5. Yorkshire Terrier

*Registration data pulled from Long Island zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
"While Long Island favors large breeds for its top three, the Yorkshire Terrier replaced the Rottweiler on Long Island's 2009 list of popular breeds," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Four of Long Island's most popular breeds are also ranked in the nation's top five, showing that the area is keeping with the national trend."

Los Angeles Top Dogs

1. Bulldog
2. Labrador Retriever
3. Golden Retriever
4. German Shepherd Dog
5. Yorkshire Terrier

* Registration data pulled from Los Angeles zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
"Angelenos pride themselves on their uniqueness and originality, and they lived up to that by making L.A. the only city to have the Bulldog rank as most popular dog," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Despite the top four dogs being large breeds, a number of smaller pooches fill out the Top 10, including the Yorkie, Maltese, French Bulldog and Poodle, perhaps due to their prevalence as companions to the stars."

Louisville's Top Dogs

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Boxer
4. Poodle
5. Golden Retriever

* Registration data pulled from Louisville's zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
"In a stunning come from behind finish for 2009, the Poodle earned fourth place in a dead heat with the Golden Retriever after starting in tenth and ninth places respectively in 2008," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Louisville dog owners don't pick the favorites either with national top breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier, Beagle, Dachshund and Bulldog not even placing in the top 5 locally."

Memphis Top Dogs

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Beagle
4. Golden Retriever
5. Boxer

* Registration data pulled from Memphis zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
"Memphisians have declared the German Shepherd Dog as "The King" of dog breeds. Its number one spot locally even surpassed the breed's ascent to its national second place ranking in 2009," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Other breeds in waiting include the Rottweiler and Shih Tzu which dethroned the Golden Retriever and the Boxer in the Top 5."

Miami's Top Dogs

1. German Shepherd Dog
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. Rottweiler
4. Labrador Retriever
5. Bulldog

* Registration data pulled from Miami zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
"The Rottweiler and Bulldog both increased in popularity in Miami in 2009 which mirrors the national trend for both breeds," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Although the German Shepherd rose to become the second most popular breed in the nation in 2009, the Magic City was ahead of the trend and has been caught in a love spell with the German Shepherd for several years."

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