AKC Recognizes Three New Dog Breeds

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Labrador Retriever - Number 1 Again

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club announced today that is has added three new breeds to it’s list of Registered Breeds. These breeds, the Norwegian Lundehund, the Xoloitzcuintli and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog are officially recognized to be consider a popular breed for 2011.

In addition, the AKC announced the results of its annual registration statistics for several major cities in the United States, as well as it’s national rankings. These new rankings held mostly the same from 2009, with notable exceptions, including the Bulldogs continued increase in popularity:

2010 Most Popular
Dogs in the U.S.
2009 Ranking
1. Labrador Retriever 1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog 2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Yorkshire Terrier 3. Yorkshire Terrier
4. Beagle 4. Golden Retriever
5. Golden Retriever 5. Beagle
6. Bulldog 6. Boxer
7. Boxer 7. Bulldog
8. Dachshund 8. Dachshund
9. Poodle 9. Poodle
10. Shih Tzu 10. Shih Tzu

The Labrador Retriever continues it’s dominance at number one, as it has for the last decade. While the Bulldog has enjoyed a steady climb from 21st to 6th over the last decade, the French Bulldog has been more impressive with it’s move from 71st to 21st. The rankings among the different US Cities reflect some interesting trends, including many breeds that do not make the top ten nationally, such as the Rottweiler and the Shiba Inu.

Many attribute the consistency of the top five breeds based on their friendly nature and trainability, qualities that make them great family pets.