NEW YORK, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Kennel Club(R) announced today the «Top 10» most popular AKC(R) registered breeds in Boston, Massachusetts for 2008.*

The AKC also announced their nationwide registration statistics which revealed that for the 18th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred in America. But, while more than twice as many Labs were registered last year than any other breed, making it a likely leader for many years to come, the Bulldog continues to amble its way up the list. It made news last year by returning to the AKC’s Top 10 for the first time in over 70 years and now has jumped 6 percent, advancing two spots to land in 8th place.

Here’s a look at Boston’s Top 10 breeds as compared to the rest of the country:

BOSTON 2008 NATIONWIDE 2008
1. Labrador Retriever 1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog 2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. Bulldog 3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever 4. Golden Retriever
5. Yorkshire Terrier ** 5. Beagle
6. Boxer 6. Boxer
7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 7. Dachshund
8. Dachshund *** 8. Bulldog
9. Beagle 9. Poodle
10. Boston Terrier/Pug **** 10. Shih Tzu

* Registration data pulled from Boston zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
** Tied for 4th
*** Tied for 7th
**** Tied for 9th

«The Bulldog’s popularity grew nationally as well as in Boston, rising from sixth most popular breed to third place,» said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. «Also noteworthy, the Boston Terrier, named after the city, and affectionately called the American Gentleman tied with the Pug and Beagle for ninth place.»

Dog lovers can see and learn more about all of their favorite breeds on Saturday, January 31, 2009 when the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship — where country’s top dogs compete for $225,000 in prize money and the title of «National Champion» — airs on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT). Highlights from the AKC Agility Invitational will air on Animal Planet on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Visit http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm for information on other cities and the

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