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Baltimore, a breed apart


How is Baltimore’s taste in dogs different from the rest of the country’s?

Going by AKC registration figures, released today, we’ve got a thing for smooshed in faces — the boxer, bulldog and pug all make our top ten list.

We’re most fond of big lugs — Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, German shepherds all make our top five. But we have a place in our heart for the little guy as well. The Yorkshire terrier is No.2 on both the national list and the Baltimore list. The Maltese and Chihuahua rank in our top ten, but not the nation’s.

We don’t give a shih-tzu a position in our top ten, unlike the national numbers, and we don’t seem as crazy as the rest of the nation when it comes to beagles and dachsunds.

Here, according to the AKC, are the top 10 registered breeds in Baltimore:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Boxer
3. Golden Retriever
4. German Shepherd Dog 
5. Yorkshire Terrier
6. Bulldog 
6. Pugs (tie)
8. Poodle
9. Chihuahua
10. Maltese

The fastest riser on the Baltimore list is the bulldog, as was the case in the rest of the nation. The bulldog jumped from tenth to sixth most popular breed in Baltimore.

For a look at the AKC’s city by city rankings, click here.


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time January 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm

It’s strange, because I find the Beagle to be the universal icebreaker, especially among men. No matter where we are walking, we’re bound to be stopped by someone who says, “That’s a Beagle, isn’t it? My granddad (or dad) had one of these (or a pack of these) back in the country in (North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia). He used to hunt with them. I always loved them when I was a boy.” These interactions transcend any racial or economic differences, and they’re always pleasant. There’s a pat and a kind word for the dog, a smile and a reminiscence for us humans. I can only conclude that half of Baltimore’s granddaddy had a Beagle or two.

Comment from baltimoregal
Time January 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

I wonder, if we looked at the city’s rankings by “unregistered” breeds, like by their dog license, what would be the most popular? I see a lot of pit bulls, and pit mixes, and mutts- most of whom are rescues. To me that is the mark of a compassionate city.