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What was the most popular dog of 2008?

The American Kennel Club says the Labrador Retriever is the most popular pure-bred dog in the United States for the 18th consecutive year. More than 100,000 Labs were registered last year, more than twice as many other breed. The Yorkshire Terrier came in second place with nearly 42,000 registrations, followed by the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever, the Beagle, the Boxer and the Dachshund. The Bulldog is moving up the list with a 69 percent increase over the past decade, jumping two spots this year to number eight. Last year it made the top 10 for the first time in 70 years. The Poodle and the Shih Tzu completed the top 10.

… Other breeds on the rise over the past decade are the Miniature Bull Terrier, up 109 percent, the Bull Terrier (102 percent), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (69 percent) and the Bullmastiff (22 percent). Among the breeds on the decline are the Lhasa Apso, down 80 percent, Rottweiler (down 76 percent), Schipperke (75 percent), the Basset Hound (66 percent) and the Miniature Pinscher (75 percent).

I was glad to see the beagle on the list! I have the cutest beagle. Her name is Violet and she sleeps about 23 hrs a day! I love her so much and I am think I am even going to get her out of bed and do the Bark in the park this year! Here is the info about the event in the spring but you can already begin to register at

The event is Saturday, May 16, 2009
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Walk starts at 11 a.m.
Cricket Field in Forest Park

I have attached a pic of Violet. This is one she is really exuding allot of energy