Labrador retriever is favorite U.S. dog

Jan. 30, 2005 at 12:12 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- For the 15th consecutive year, the Labrador retriever was the most popular purebred dog in the United States.

Nearly three times as many Labrador retrievers were registered during 2004 by the American Kennel Club than any other breed.

Golden retrievers came in behind the Labrador retrievers, followed by German shepherds, beagles and Yorkshire terriers for 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.

Rounding out the top purebred dogs were: dachshund, boxer, poodle, shih tzu and chihuahua.

At the other end of the list, the English foxhound is again the least-registered purebred dog -- 17 registrations -- followed by the otterhound, American foxhound, Sussex spaniel and harrier.

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