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American Kennel Club Reveals San Jose'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 San Jose 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 San Jose's Top 10 breeds as compared to the rest of the country:
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Local Statistical Snapshot

* San Jose's first four breeds - the ever-popular Lab, Yorkie, German Shepherd and Golden Retriever -mirror the first four slots on the national Top 10 list. The breeds are in the exact same position they were in last year.

* The Dachshund, Poodle and Beagle - all of which rank in the national Top 10 - are replaced in San Jose by the Chihuahua, Doberman Pinscher and Maltese.

* The Pug experienced a decline in popularity in San Jose this year; after placing 6th last year, it has dropped off the Top 10 list to 12th place.

* The lively, spirited Shih Tzu shot up San Jose's list to tie for 9th place after placing 17th in the city last year.

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

* Residents will also enjoy watching the show in order to cheer on one of their own - Dachshund "Ch Insight Rumor Has it At Pramada." San Jose local "Bob" will compete for $50,000 and the Best in Show title.

"For the second time in a row, San Jose residents chose the four most popular breeds in the nation as their favorites," says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "However, the city proves its originality by also including some unique choices in its Top 10, such as the statuesque Doberman Pinscher, friendly Maltese and tiny, rambunctious Chihuahua."

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.

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