American Kennel Club Names Top Breeds, New Breeds

Posted: January 29, 2011 in New York City

Kodi (German shepherd), Jacob (Labrador retriever), Rex (Golden retriever), Tabitha (Beagle), and Baby Gaga (Yorkshire terrier) pose for a picture as the AKC announced them the five most popular breeds in the U.S during a press conference at the AKC Headquarters on 260 Madison Ave. in New York. The most popular breeds are the Labrador retriever, German shepherd, Yorkshire terrier, Beagle and Golden retriever, respectively (NYU/Viviana Gonzalez).

Every dog has had his day, but the Labrador retriever has had his year, again.

The American Kennel Club announced on Wednesday that the Lab is the nation’s top dog for the 20th consecutive year, according to the AKC’s 2010 rankings.

Rankings for top breeds are determined by annual AKC registration statistics, where the number of dogs registered in each breed determines the most popular breeds in the country.

The German shepherd placed in the runner-up spot, while the Yorkshire terrier, Beagle, and the Golden retriever rounded up the top five spots, respectively. Five puppies represented each breed at the press conference at AKC’s headquarters in New York City.

Yorkshire terrier Baby Gaga, 9 months, and owner Donna Lauricella, of Bohemia, Long Island, attend the American Kennel Club Headquarters on 260 Madison Ave. in New York. The Yorkie is the most popular breed of New York City in the 2010 AKC rankings (NYU/Viviana Gonzalez).

Although the Lab is also ranked first in Long Island, Newark and Northern New Jersey, it placed second in New York City to the Yorkshire terrier. The pint-sized “Yorkie” had also claimed the NYC honor in 2009.

Breeder and owner Donna Lauricella, of Bohemia, Long Island, brought her Yorkshire terrier and future dog show competitor, Baby Gaga, for the AKC announcement. Lauricella believes that Yorkshire terriers are popular with New Yorkers because of their size and low-maintenance.

“[Yorkshire terriers] don’t need a tremendous amount of exercise,” Lauricella said.

“They just need a very small area, and that makes it very, very nice for them to be in an apartment and for people not to have to worry so much about getting back from their job.”

Lauricella also believes the Yorkshire terrier has captured the hearts of New Yorkers through their bold personality, a trait she has noticed in 9-month-old Baby Gaga.

“Baby Gaga has an attitude, hence the name,” Lauricella said. “She thinks that she is something special. She does act out; she is typical of a terrier, I think. But having her at home, she goes off on her own, she doesn’t care about any big dog. She makes her own good time.”

In addition to the rankings, AKC also announced that as of January 1, three new breeds had been registered into the club: Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Norwegian Lundehund, and Xoloitzcuintli, pronounced show-low-etz-queent-lee.

AKC’s Assistant Vice President and Spokesperson, Gina DiNardo, said that the organization only introduces about two or three registered breeds annually.

In order for a breed to be registered in the AKC, there must be at least 300 dogs registered in the United States, a national parent club and accurate breeding program records through the Foundation Stock Service.

“It’s a long process and it requires approval of our board of directors,” DiNardo said. 

Gustav, a 5-year-old “Entle”, Eowlyn, a 7-year-old “Lundehund”, and Namina, a 2-year-old “Xolo” were in attendance representing their breeds.

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog was bred to herd cattle in the Swiss Alps and is a very active breed.

Gustav’s owner, Amy Starost, of Bergen County, New Jersey, described Entlebucher Mountain Dogs as energetic, devoted and loyal.

“They’re not for someone who’s just going to sit home and wants a couch potato or a dog that’s not going to be active,” Starost said.

The Norwegian Lundehund- whose name means “Puffin dog”- was bred to hunt Puffin birds on rocky cliffs. It is able to reach its head backward until it touches its backbone and also has a notable feature on each paw- six toes, and sometimes even seven toes.

“It was bred that way specifically so that when it was climbing the rock walls, or if it was starting to slip, it could grab on to the walls and it could hold itself up,” DiNardo said.

The Xoloitzcuintli is a rare breed and comes in three sizes (toy, miniature and standard); they are also hairless or coated. It was believed that Xoloitzcuintlis were used to safe-guard homes from evil spirits in Mexico and Central America.

Joe Patalano, of St. James, Long Island, likes the personality and easy-care of his Xoloitzcuintli, Namina.

“I like the attachment that she has towards her owner, and also obviously the care is quite simple,” Patalano said. “It just involves skin care and not any brushing or grooming.”

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