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German Shepherd Dog Reigns Supreme Once Again In Miami

Nationally, Labrador Retriever Remains America's Most Popular As Bigger Breeds Dominate the List

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Once again, the German Shepherd Dog took Miami's top spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2013 rankings of the city's most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds, holding strong as Miami's #1 dog for more than a decade.  

The German Shepherd Dog was also recognized as the #1 pup in West Palm Beach, Chicago, and Detroit.

Big shake-ups and surprises were evident throughout Miami's rankings.  The city showed little love for Golden Retrievers – the breed fell from 7th to 10th in 2013.  The Doberman Pinscher, however, had a good year in Miami, rising two spots to number seven. The lovable Lab, America's #1 breed for the 23rd consecutive year, also jumped two spots to number two in 2013.

"The German Shepherd Dog may still be number one in Miami, but the Labrador Retriever is closing in on the top spot," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "If national trends are an indicator, Miami may have a new reining breed this time next year."

Miami's top 5 breeds for 2013 (as compared to 2012) are as follows:

Miami's Most Popular Breeds 2013

Miami's Most Popular Breeds 2012

1. German Shepherd Dog

1. German Shepherd Dog

2. Labrador Retriever

2. Rottweiler

3. Rottweiler

3. French Bulldog

4. French Bulldog

4. Labrador Retriever

5. Bulldog

5. Yorkshire Terrier

* Registration data pulled from Miami zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

The AKC today also announced its nationwide rankings, and Labrador Retriever lovers have spoken!  The intelligent, family-friendly breed has taken the #1 spot for the 23rd consecutive year, the longest reign at the top in AKC history.  In addition to the Lab holding strong to its most popular title, the French Bulldog has seen a sharp rise in popularity over the past decade with a 323% increase in registrations since 2003.  The affectionate, easy to care for Frenchie rose three spots this year to number 11, its highest position since its AKC induction in 1898.  French Bulldogs are known to be loveable lap warmers and are easily adaptable to city or suburban living due to their easily-groomed coats and minimal exercise requirements.

Miami's favorite breed, the German Shepherd Dog, landed at number 2 this year on the national list.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2013

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog 

3. Golden Retriever

4. Beagle

5. Bulldog

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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 Humane Fund, 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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SOURCE American Kennel Club

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