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Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, and Pomeranian dogs most popular among Pinoys

January 13, 2012

(Manila, Philippines, January 13, 2012) – The Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, and Pomeranian are the three most popular dog breeds in the country, according to the Philippine Canine Club Inc. (PCCI), which announced the top 10 dog breed rankings for 2011 based on its annual registration statistics.

The PCCI rankings show that small dogs prove to be a hit with Filipinos. The Shih Tzu, also known as the Tibetan temple dog, has been on the top of the list since 2008. Every year, owners of this adorable breed have increased, from over 14,000 in 2008 to more than 24,000 in 2011.

Filipinos also took a liking to the intelligent and lovable sled dog, Siberian Husky. Its high-energy, friendly, and non-aggressive temperament make it a Pinoy favorite. PCCI records show that the breed ranked 4th in 2011, a sharp increase from 14th place in 2008. Other large breeds that have gained popularity include the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd.

The Beagle, associated with the popular comic strip character Snoopy, is in 5th place – a big leap from the 13th spot in 2008.

Registration for purebred dogs has steadily increased, indicating the Filipinos’ passion for owning and taking care of a purebred dog. “We’re delighted that Filipinos are now more keen on caring for purebred dogs,” said PCCI president Augusto Benedicto Santos III. “Apart from preserving the line of the breed, owners can develop a working knowledge on what to expect with their dogs in terms of temperament and behavior, allowing them to easily train the dog and create a wonderful relationship with them.”

On February 24 - 26, 2012, PCCI will showcase the best purebred dogs in the country and in Asia-Pacific region at the 2012 Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) Asia and Pacific Section Show at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex.

The international dog show is held every year in different locations in Asia Pacific, and will bring together expert judges from all over the world, including Finland, Columbia, Slovenia, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan, and Taiwan.

For more information on the FCI Asia and the Pacific Section Dog Show 2012, contact PCCI via email at jojo_pcci@yahoo.com.ph or telephone number 721 8345 and 721 7152.

Top 10 dog breeds for 2011:

  1. Shih Tzu – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)         
  2. Chihuahua – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
  3. Pomeranian – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)
  4. Siberian Husky – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)
  5. Beagle – Group 6 (Scent Hounds & Related Breeds)
  6. Labrador Retriever – Group 8 (Retrievers-Flushing Dogs-Water Dogs)
  7. Chow Chow – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)
  8. Pug – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
  9. Poodle – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
  10. German Shepherd – Group 1 (Sheepdog & Cattle Dogs)

Top 10 dog breeds for 2010:

  1. Shih Tzu – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
  2. Chihuahua – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
  3. Pomeranian – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)
  4. Pug – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
  5. Labrador Retriever – Group 8 (Retrievers-Flushing Dogs-Water Dogs)
  6. Miniature Pinscher – Group 2 (Pindcher & Schnauzer-Mollossooid Breeds)
  7. Beagle – Group 6 (Scent Hound and Related Breeds)
  8. Siberian Husky – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)
  9. Poodle – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
  10. Chow Chow – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)

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