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Labrador Retriever Once Again Top Dog In U.S.

For the 18th year in a row, the Labrador retriever has been named the most popular purebreed dog in the U.S.

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The Labrador retriever’s reign as the most popular purebred dog in the nation continues for the 18th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club. The AKC unveiled the top 10 most popular dogs in America on Jan. 21 during an event in New York to kick off the organization’s 125th anniversary.

Other top dogs include the Yorkshire terrier, German  shepherd, golden retriever and the beagle. 

The complete list for 2008:  

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

Each year, the AKC also looks at the most popular breeds in each of the 50 largest cities in the U.S.  Some highlights:

• The Bulldog continues to climb the national list.  It’s really marking its territory in a number of western cities — Las Vegas, Nev.,  Long Beach, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., and San Diego, Calif. — where it ranked second.
• Detroit, Mich., and Miami, Fla., are the only cities that do not have the Labrador  retriever in the top spot, both favoring the German shepherd dog.
• The  boxer is muscling its way to the top in a few cities, ranking second in Baltimore, Md., Cincinnati, Ohio, Des Moines, Iowa, Louisville, Ky., Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo. It's  third in Atlanta, Ga., Cleveland, Ohio, New Orleans, La., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., Pittsburgh, Pa., St. Louis, Mo., and Philadelphia, Pa..
• Californians seem to love the  miniature  pinscher (ranked 32nd nationally). It came in sixth (up from 15 in 2007) in San Diego and ranked eighth in Sacramento.
• The Vizsla is tied for 10th with the  shih  tzu in Chicago, Ill. Ranked 44th nationally, the Vizsla has long been a favorite in the Windy City, having made the local top 10 list in 2007 and 2003.
• Unusual breeds on local top 10 lists include  the  great Dane (10th in St. Louis, Mo.), the  mastiff (10th in Indianapolis, Ind.), the Brittany (10th in Minneapolis, Minn.), the Belgian  malinois (eighth in Kansas City, Mo.) and the Siberian  husky (ninth in Long Beach, Calif.).

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