American Kennel Club Announces Valley's Most Popular Dog Breeds -- Assuming You Don't Live in the Hood

This guy isn't quite posh enough to be counted in the American Kennel Club's list of the country's most popular pooches.
The American Kennel Club released its list of "the most popular dogs in the U.S.A.," and Valley residents, it turns out, have a thing for Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Those are just the most popular dogs registered with the AKC -- in other words, Pit-Bull eating out of a dumpster in south Phoenix is a breed that didn't quite make the list.

According to the AKC, the Valley's top picks for pooches are as follows:

1) Labrador retrievers
2) German shepherds
3) Golden retrievers
4) Yorkshire terriers
5) Bulldogs
6) Poodles
7) Shih tzu
8) Cavalier King Charles spaniels
9) Rottweilers
10 Boxers/ Chihuahuas

Phoenix's faves are fairly similar to the national rankings, which are as follows:

1) Labrador retriever
2) German shepherd
3) Yorkshire terrier
4) Beagle
5) Golden Retriever
6) Bulldog
7) Boxer
8) Dachshund
9) Poodle
10) Shih tzu

As we mentioned, those rankings only count dogs registered with the AKC, but anyone who's spent any time in some of Phoenix's less-reputable neighborhoods -- or the ASU Tempe campus, where male students often accessorize their image with a ferocious looking canine -- knows Pit Bulls make up a large portion of the Valley's dog population. Officials from the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Center seem to agree.

While Pit Bulls don't get any love from the AKC (again, because often times they aren't registered with the group) officials at the MCACCC tell New Times the three breeds of dogs generally classified as Pit Bulls -- the American Pit Bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, and the Staffordshire bull terrier -- make up roughly one-third of the dogs brought to its kennels.

We have a feeling the AKC's rankings of the "most popular dogs in the U.S.A."  would be slightly more Pit-Bull-centric if the group tallied up all the pound puppies the way it does the snooty Scottsdale Shih tzus.

See the AKC's complete list here.

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Pit bull Advocate in Surprise
Pit bull Advocate in Surprise

Not only do I dislike the general attitude about where people live in Arizona- I am also appauled at the horrible picture you chose for this! This is supposed to be about the most popular breeds in the Valley, not a open opportunity to slam where people live and make certian breeds seem undesireable.Not everyone who owns a shih -tzu has a snotty dog and not everyone who owns a pit bull is irresponsible. Who are you to judge everyone in this state? 

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Gastrogard paste

The Poodle breed was, believe it or not, bred as retrievers or gun dogs. They originally came from Germany, although they are still used as water retrievers in France. They have in the past also been used as truffle hunters. Due to the length of their hair, they were seen as somewhat cumbersome in the water, and the curly nature, although waterproof, tended to retain moisture in their outer coat.


I live in S Phx, I sell homes in S Phx, I hangout in S Phx and I have never seen 12 pit bulls roaming around. Give me a break. Way to buy into the bullshit stereotypes James. You don't have to look to far to find positive stories about S Phx, you just have to do a little better job than getting lost in a part of town you're not familiar with. I bet you weren't even lost in S. Phoenix.

Feel free to email me and I'll be glad to give you a tour of S. Phx and how it's not what you think it is.



Wow how negative and sad this type of person is who we have out here writing bullshit blogs


What's with the negative stereo type of "South Phoenix" where ever you think that might be, Mr. King. Please keep that nonsense out of print.

James King
James King

Mr. Brownell, the week I moved to Arizona I got lost in south Phoenix. I counted at least 12 pit bulls roaming free. I also get press releases every day from the Phoenix police department. Pit Bulls aside, it's fair to say south Phoenix is not the best part of town.


Then Mr. King, I think it's only fair to say that the next time you choose to venture out, you might better plan your trip a little better and mapquest it. because if you "get lost" in South Phoenix, "the hood" as you call it, you may meet a b!tch named "KARMA". Be easy.

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