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 email@example.com or telephone number 721 8345 and 721 7152.
Top 10 dog breeds for 2011:
Top 10 dog breeds for 2010:
- Shih Tzu – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
- Chihuahua – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
- Pomeranian – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)
- Pug – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
- Labrador Retriever – Group 8 (Retrievers-Flushing Dogs-Water Dogs)
- Miniature Pinscher – Group 2 (Pindcher & Schnauzer-Mollossooid Breeds)
- Beagle – Group 6 (Scent Hound and Related Breeds)
- Siberian Husky – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)
- Poodle – Group 9 (Companion & Toy Dogs)
- Chow Chow – Group 5 (Spitz & Primitive Types)
About the Philippine Canine Club, Inc.
The Philippine Canine Club, Inc. was organized on March 21, 1963, as a non-stock, non-profit service-oriented corporation for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the love for purebred dogs. The Club’s charter extends until year 2038 and authorizes PCCI to maintain a registry of purebred dogs or stud books and to conduct dog shows and competitions.
PCCI maintains a registry of regular and associate members, and of litters and kennel names. PCCI also issues registration certificates and certified pedigree certificates of dogs, and confers championship titles, obedience and field trial titles to qualified dogs. PCCI issues dog show judging licenses to qualified members for individual breeds, groups of breeds and all breeds of purebred dogs.
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