Mutts named Max most popular in NYC

Feb. 19, 2005 at 3:00 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The name that a majority of New York City dog-owners choose for their mix-breed mutts is Max, city officials have said.

Of the more than 7,000 mixed-breed dogs licensed by the city Health Department, more than 1,000 dogs are named Max, reported the New York Post Saturday.

However, only about 100,000 city dogs are licensed with the Health Department, according to spokesman Sid Dinsay.

For the most part, New Yorkers prefer docile and small purebred dogs -- small enough to cram into a Manhattan studio apartments or fashionable tote bags.

The toy dog Shih Tzu was the top registered breed in 2003, followed by Labrador retrievers, pit bulls and Chihuahuas.

The Shih Tzu is popular with New Yorkers because they're not excessive barkers, they don't shed much and they don't mind being alone while a person's at work, said Sheila Gordon, who runs a California Shih Tzu appreciation society.

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