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Updated: May 15, 2013 6:34AM



Dear Ollie,

My name is Anna and I play at Deep River Park in Hobart and reside with two children and my pet parents in Merrillville.

Here’s the deal. I am a German Shepherd and am very proud of both my heritage and my 2012 popularity rank as published by the American Kennel Club (AKC). I am proud to say that I rank as the second most popular breed in the United States. This is according to the AKC registration statistics. Where are you on this list, Ollie the ShihTzu?

Anna, the
German Shepherd

Dear Anna,

What can I say? Sure, you’re special but I’m not too shabby myself. I did the research and discovered that I am just one place out of the winning circle. The Shih Tzu is # 11 on the AKC list this year and in 2011 too. In 2010, I was #10.

Here is a list of the top 50 of 175 tabulated by the AKC. You can view the entire list at www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm with some comments about notable dog trends in 2012.

12. Doberman Pinscher

13. Miniature Schnauzer

14. French Bulldog

15 German Shorthaired Pointer

16. Siberian Huskie

17. Great Dane

18. Chihuahua

19. Pomeranian

20. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

21. Shetland Sheepdog

22. Australian Shepherd

23. Boston Terrier

24. Pemboke Welsh Corgi

25. Maltese

26. Mastiff

27. Cocker Spaniel

28. Havanese

29. English Springer Spaniel

30. Pug

31. Brittany

32. Weimaraner

33. Bernese Mountain Dog

34. Vizsla

35. Collie

36. West Highland White Terrier

37. Papillon

38. Bichon Frise

39. Bullmastiff

40. Basset Hound

41. Rhodesian Ridgeback

42. Newfoundland

43. Russell Terrier

44. Border Collie

45. Akita

46. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

47. Miniature Pinscher

48. Bloodhound

49. St. Bernard

50. Shiba Inu

Anna, we can’t all be #1 or #2 and we can’t all be the most popular dog in every situation. For me, it’s just good to be recognized by some agency as being something even if it’s only #11. So there.



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