The American Kennel Club recently announced their nationwide registration statistics which revealed that for the 18th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever was the most popular purebred in America in 2008. But, while more than twice as many Labs were registered last year than any other breed, making it a likely leader for many years to come, the Bulldog continues to amble its way up the list. It made news last year by returning to the AKC’s Top 10 for the first time in over 70 years and now has jumped 6 percent, advancing two spots to land in 8th place.                           

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

 

I enjoyed the watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show recently and cheered when Stump, the 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel won best in show. He is the first Sussex Spaniel to win Westminster as well as the oldest dog to ever win best in show as well. Stump (I love that name!) competed with 2500 dogs. He is an amazing story having almost died in 2004 and came out of retirement for this show. What a way to really retire now! This breed was among the original nine breeds in AKC’s registry 125 years ago. In case you are wondering, the breed ranked 147 in registration statistics in 2008.

 

Visit http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm for information on 50 cities and their most popular breeds as well as the complete list of national rankings for all breeds.

 

When I was a teenager, my brother got a beagle puppy. He named him Catfish after a baseball player, Catfish Hunter. The whole family adored this dog. In later years my sister got a precious little beagle named Pearl. So I have fond memories of beagles.

 

What is your favorite dog and why?

 

Bountiful Blessings!

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