In carrying on a long-standing tradition, the United Kennel Club is pleased to announce its Top Ten registered purebred dog breeds for 2008. This list, based on UKC registration figures, identifies recent trends in purebred dog ownership and foreshadows what can be expected for purebred dog registration in the upcoming year. Each Breed represented in the Top Ten reflects the Total Dog philosophy that is the backbone of United Kennel Club. Truly – “Our Dogs Do Stuff!”

The Top Ten breeds include:
1. Treeing Walker Coonhound (Scenthound Group)
2. American Pit Bull Terrier (Terrier Group)
3. Bluetick Coonhound (Scenthound Group)
4. English Coonhound (Scenthound Group)
5. American Black & Tan Coonhound (Scenthound Group)
6. Redbone Coonhound (Scenthound Group)
7. Beagle (Scenthound Group)
8. Labrador Retriever (Gun Dog Group)
9. Plott Hound (Scenthound Group)
10. American Eskimo (Northern Group)

The UKC Top Ten Breeds boasts seven Scenthound Breeds, including Treeing Walker and Bluetick Coonhounds placing in positions one and three respectively. When asked about the popularity of Coonhounds, Todd Kellam, UKC Vice President of Hunting Programs, explains; “Our Coonhound breeds have always been great examples of the goals we have set here at UKC. Dogs that beautifully represent the established breed standard in the (bench show) ring and have the skills to perform in the real world.”

Also, the rise in popularity of other breeds such as American Pit Bull Terrier and Beagle (having held these positions for the third year in a row) clearly show the general public’s desire to own beautiful dogs that are not only wonderful family pets but also can perform competitively in skill events.

It is important to note that while this list reflects the top breeds in the UKC Registry, it is not intended to represent the “Most Popular Dogs in America”. There has never been any viable research to define a list of America’s “most popular” or “most numerous” purebred breeds. To learn more about UKC Breeds, events and to view UKC’s Top 50 breeds, please visit

With over 13,000 licensed events annually, the United Kennel Club is the world’s largest performance dog registry and second oldest all-breed registry in the United States.

UKC supports the “Total Dog” philosophy through its events and programs that not only place emphasis on a dog’s looks, but also instead seek dogs that look and perform equally well. With a mission to be the world’s best registry of purebred dogs, UKC offers purebred dog enthusiast’s cutting edge services in an effort to breed the best dogs in the world. UKC offers a wide spectrum of performance and conformation events in which those dogs can prove their instincts and heritage.

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 14,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training and instinct. UKC prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events.

To find out more about UKC registration and events, call or visit our website.

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