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LA's Top Dogs: Now With Plenty of Bull!
The American Kennel Club has just announced the ten most popular dog breeds in the country, and for the first time in nearly 75 years the bulldog makes the list. The AKC also published lists for the top 50 most populous cities and their respective doggie populations. So what kinds of pooches do we love in LA? Here's the list:
1. Labrador Retriever
3. German Shepherd
4. Yorkshire Terrier
5. Golden Retriever
8. French Bulldog
The AKC notes that we here in the City of Angels love our bulldogs more than anywhere else in the US: "The breed has made the Los Angeles Top 10 for three consecutive years and now ranks the Bulldog highest of any city in the nation." The Bulldog's close relative, the French Bulldog, also holds a bit of a West Coast distinction, because "San Francisco and Los Angeles were the only cities in the nation to include the French Bulldog in their Top 10 lists." Bulldogs in LA are somewhat legendary, like Tyson the "amazing bulldog" who does all sorts of cool stunts in his hometown of Huntington Beach. And because we take beauty so seriously here in the shadows of Hollywoodland, the prettiest and most charming of our bulldogs might want to take part in the annual Bulldog Beauty Contest, which is coming up on February 9th down in Long Beach and is put on by the Haute Dogs folks.But while we have almost boundless love for the bulldoggies, we also prefer to have our pooches portable (perhaps Paris Hilton style?). Carry-along sized breeds like "the Yorkshire Terrier, Pug, Pomeranian and Maltese all made it onto L.A.'s Top 10 again, with only minor changes in position." Er, that's position on the list, not which hand you use to grip your Louis Vuitton doggie-bag. The AKC also points out that we have one local man's best friend who could bring in a substantial haul--$50k--if the Welsh Terrier from LA is named Best in Show in next month's National Championship dog show.
Of course, owners of mutts, mixes, and unmentioned breeds need not fret; at the end of the day it's what your dog means to you that matters. Only in the human world are we so easily seduced by popularity contests. Although, who knows--maybe all the bulldogs out there are strutting a bit more on their leashes now, considering just how darn cool it is to be of their breed these days in this dog-eat-dog town.
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