These Are the Top 10 Dog Breeds in Philadelphia

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German Shepherd dog

Photo by Daniela Magallón[1] used under a Creative Commons license[2]

The Labrador retriever may be the No. 1 dog in the country, but in Philadelphia another breed is top dog.

Yesterday, the American Kennel Club released its annual list of the top dog breeds in the United States[3]. The labrador retriever was first, the 25th straight year the dog has claimed the honor.

Things are different in Philadelphia, however. According to figures provided by the American Kennel Club to Philadelphia magazine, the German shepherd dog is the top breed in the city. The Labrador retriever falls all the way to fifth! The lists are generated by the number of purebred dogs registered with the AKC; the group does not release the number of dogs registered, only the rankings.

The German shepherd dog — it’s official name, sometimes abbreviated as GSD — is known as a highly intelligent breed. In fact, it’s the most common police dog breed[4]. It’s also known[5] as highly loyal to its owners, energetic but trainable, good with kids if socialized at an early age and generally healthy despite some hip problems. They also shed a lot[6], and are the kind of dog that “needs a job.”

Here are the top-10 dogs in Philadelphia, along with their national rank.

Philly Rank Breed National Rank
1 German shepherd dog 2
2 Bulldog 4
3 Golden retriever 3
4 Yorkshire terrier 7
5 Labrador retriever 1
6 Boxer 10
7 Rottweiler 9
8 French bulldog 6
9 Siberian husky 12
10 Doberman pinscher 14

Rankings come from the number of registered purebred dogs.

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Endnotes:
  1. Daniela Magallón: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87776777@N00/2316926513/
  2. Creative Commons license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
  3. the top dog breeds in the United States: http://www.akc.org/news/the-most-popular-dog-breeds-in-america/
  4. the most common police dog breed: http://www.summervillepolice.com/k9breeds.html
  5. also known: https://www.petsworld.in/blog/10-reasons-why-german-shepherd-is-a-good-family-dog.html
  6. shed a lot: http://germanshepherdcentral.net/2007/09/28/10-reasons-you-do-not-want-a-german-shepherd-dog/
  7. @dhm: http://twitter.com/dhm

Source URL: https://www.phillymag.com/city/2016/02/23/top-dog-breeds-philadelphia/