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Labrador Retriever Tops According to AKC's 2004 Registration Statistics
[Wednesday, January 12, 2005]

For the 15th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America, according to registration figures released today by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Nearly three times as many Labs were registered in 2004 as any other breed.

The AKC released the figures in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Fla. on January 15th and 16th. The event will give the public the opportunity to view all 153 breeds registered by AKC - from the universally loved Lab (#1) to the lesser known English Foxhound (#153) - in a two-night live simulcast on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm both nights.

Golden Retrievers came in behind the Lab, followed by German Shepherds, Beagles, and Yorkshire Terriers to round out the top five spots. In 2004, the German Shepherd reclaimed third place by displacing the Beagle, which held that position in 2003. The Yorkshire Terrier also edged out the Dachshund this year, reclaiming its former position as the fifth most popular dog.

The top 10 most popular dogs in 2004 are:

Labrador Retriever (146,692)
Golden Retriever (52,550)
German Shepherd Dog (46,046)
Beagle (44,555)
Yorkshire Terrier (43,522)
Dachshund (40,770)
Boxer (37,741)
Poodle (32,671)
Shih Tzu (28,958)
Chihuahua (24,850)
 
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