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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 -- The American Kennel Club([R]) announced today the "Top 10" most popular AKC([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 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 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 <
NATIONWIDE 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

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, 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 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 took the top three spots."

Visit http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm 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, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, 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 www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.
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