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American Kennel Club Reveals Chicago's Top Dogs.

Nationally, Bulldog Breaks Into "Top 10" for First Time in Nearly 75 Years

NEW YORK New York, state, United States
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 -- The American Kennel Club American Kennel Club (AKC), national organization in the United States devoted to the advancement and welfare of pure-bred dogs. It is comprised of approximately 500 autonomous clubs. ([R]) announced today the "Top 10" most popular AKC AKC - Ascending Kleene Chain ([R]) registered breeds in Chicago for 2007.*

The AKC also announced their nationwide registration statistics which revealed that the Bulldog - a popular sporting mascot and one of the most recognizable and iconic purebred purebred

progeny derived from at least several generations of animals of the same breed.

purebred herds
herds (or flocks) composed of purebred animals. Not necessarily registered animals. Distinct from crossbred herds.
 dogs - has muscled its way into the 10th spot on the organization's annual list of the most popular purebred dogs in America. For the 17th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever Labrador retriever, breed of large sporting dog whose origins are obscure but whose immediate ancestors were developed in Newfoundland and brought to England in the early 1800s. It stands about 23 in. (58.4 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 60 and 75 lb (27.  is the most popular breed in the country.

Here's a look at Chicago's Top 10 breeds as compared to the rest of the country:
CHICAGO 2007            <
1. Labrador Retriever   <
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog  <
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. Yorkshire Terrier    <
3. German Shepherd
4. Boxer                <
4. Golden Retriever
5. Golden Retriever     <
5. Beagle
6. Rottweiler           <
6. Boxer
7. Doberman Pinscher    <
7. Dachshund
8. Bulldog              <
8. Poodle
9. Pug                  <
9. Shih Tzu
10. Vizsla              <
10. Bulldog

* Registration data pulled from Chicago zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) processes and delivers mail to individuals and businesses within the United States. The service seeks to improve its performance through the development of efficient mail-handling systems and operates its own planning and engineering programs.  

Local Statistical Snapshot

* Although the Bulldog made news by landing in the 10th spot nationally, it fell from 6th to 8th place this year in Chicago.

* Debuting on the Chicago Top 10 list this year is the Vizsla Vizsla (vĭzh`lə), breed of large sporting dog introduced into Europe by the Magyar invasion of the 10th cent. and perfected in Hungary over hundreds of years; also called Hungarian pointer. It stands between 21 and 24 in. (53.3–60. , a Hungarian hunting dog and member of the sporting group. This unique breed moved from 16th to 10th this year. The Viszla ranks 42nd nationally but is consistently more popular in the Windy City.

* While the Rottweiler Rottweiler (rŏt`wīlər), breed of sturdy working dog developed from a Roman cattle dog introduced into S Germany more than 1,900 years ago. It stands from 21 3-4 to 27 in. (55.3–68.  has declined in national popularity--falling from 2nd to 15th place since 1997--it rose from 10th to 6th place in Chicago this year.

* The Doberman also appears in Chicago's Top 10 despite its 21st place ranking nationwide.

* Chicagoans can see and learn more about all of their favorite breeds on Saturday, February 2 when the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship -- where country's top dogs compete for $225,000 in prize money and the title of "National Champion" -- airs on Animal Planet from 8-11pm.

"With breeds like the Viszla in its top ten, Chicago's list represents the diversity that makes the city great," says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "However Windy City dog owners still prefer the national favorites above all. The Lab, Yorkie and German Shepherd German shepherd, breed of large, muscular working dog perfected in Germany at the turn of the 20th cent. It stands about 25 in. (64 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 60 to 85 lb (27.2–38.5 kg).  took the top three spots."

Visit for information on other cities and the complete list of national rankings.

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation con·for·ma·tion
One of the spatial arrangements of atoms in a molecule that can come about through free rotation of the atoms about a single chemical bond.
, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound coonhound

a term loosely applied to a number of varieties of hunting dogs in the southern United States, few of which are recognized as specific breeds. See black and tan coonhound, bluetick coonhound, english coonhound, redbone coonhound, treeing walker coonhound.
 events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit

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