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January 18th, 2008, 12:20 PM
Ugly but sweet, bulldog a favourite
Back on U.S. list of 10 most popular dogs
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008
NEW YORK -- Bolstered by its popularity with celebrities and families, the bulldog is back on the list of the 10 most popular purebred dogs after a 75-year absence, the American Kennel Club announced Wednesday.

The bulldog ranked 10th in the kennel club's annual ranking of popular dogs from the 157 different breeds it recognizes.

Topping the list of most popular dogs was the Labrador retriever -- top dog since 1991 -- followed by the Yorkshire terrier, the German shepherd, the golden retriever and the beagle, the kennel club said.

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Tammy Hollock holds Gina Lola Bridgeta (above), an eight-year-old English bulldog, at the American Kennel Club headquarters in New York, during a news conference to announce the 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States. ...
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Font:****The broad-shouldered, stocky bulldog with its characteristic under-bite and pugnacious gait has long been a mascot of sports teams and military units.

But their docile, even-tempered personality that belies their tough-guy image makes them good pets for families with young children, dog breeders say.

"Their personality is unlike any other dog. They are so expressive. If you look in their eyes you can almost see what they are thinking," said Tammy Hollock, 36, a part-time bulldog breeder from Delran, N.J.

Bulldogs have been growing in popularity with celebrities including U.S. actors Adam Sandler and George Clooney, adding to their public appeal, Hollock said. The breed is the second-most popular dog in Los Angeles, the kennel club said.

The growing popularity of the bulldog has a downside, according to Hollock and officials from the kennel club. Bulldogs can suffer from breathing problems and should only be treated by experienced veterinarians.

They are also unable to swim and breeders typically use artificial insemination and Caesarean sections when breeding the dogs to reduce the high risk of injury caused by the large size of the dog's head in proportion to its hips.

The elaborate precautions required when breeding bulldogs puts the cost of a typical purebred bulldog puppy at $2,800, Hollock said.

Coming in at No. 6 on the kennel club list is the boxer, followed by the dachshund, the poodle and the shih tzu.


The American Kennel Club unveiled its top 10 list of most popular dog breeds in the United States on Wednesday. The club recognizes 157 different breeds.

Here is the list of top dogs:

Labrador retriever

Yorkshire terrier

German shepherd

golden retriever





shih tzu


The Vancouver Sun 2008

January 20th, 2008, 07:05 PM
My breed will never make the top 10 list. That's a good thing I think. Better for the breed.


January 21st, 2008, 09:20 AM
clm is right - the Spitz will never make the top 10 list - which I agree is very good - as I have one. I was dismayed to see the Dachshund on the list as so many people get them because they think they are small, funny dogs. They may be small in stature - but they are HUGE in personality and with their many health problems are often abandoned.

January 21st, 2008, 09:35 AM
The dalmatian is off too I see, too long since the the Disney movie; same with the Cocker as well.