Who's top dog in Hamilton County? Labrador retriever named most popular dog breed

CINCINNATI – Can you guess who is top dog in Hamilton County?

Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes said Friday there are 6,516 licensed Labrador retrievers in the county, making it the most popular local dog. The Labrador retriever was also named the nation's most popular dog breed by the American Kennel Club this year for a 23rd year in a row.

Labrador retriever beat the No. 2 breed – the German shepherd – by almost 4,000. There are 2,825 German shepherds licensed in Hamilton County.

Rhodes said four of the top five breeds in the county are “big dog” breeds. The No. 3 breed is the beagle with 2,400 licenses. The No. 2 breed is the golden retriever with 2,343 licenses. And coming in at No. 5 is the boxer with 2,068 licenses.

Rounding out the top 10 are five smaller dogs:

No. 6: Chihuahua with 1,745 licenses

No. 7: Shih tzu with 1,611 licenses

No. 8: Yorkshire terrier with 1,283 licenses

No. 9: Dachshund with 1,276 licenses

No. 10: Jack Russell terrier with 1,028 licenses

Rhodes said the 2014 dog license renewal season ended Feb. 28 with 48,399 dog licenses sold in Hamilton County -- a total fairly close to last year’s 48,810. 

Licenses for new dogs are sold throughout the remainder of the year and can be purchased online through the Hamilton County Auditor’s website .

The 2014 top 10 dog names in Hamilton County are Lucy (580), Max (536), Buddy (506), Bella (477), Maggie (436), Daisy (428), Sadie (415), Molly (404), Charlie (361) and Bailey (346).

Gender-wise, the girl dogs rule with 24,647 over boys at 22,896. Eight hundred and fifty-six registrations did not list a gender.

And finally, the oldest dog in the county is Kody, a toy poodle who is 15 years and 8 months old.

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