Friday, April 13, 2007


The treeing walker coonhound led the list of the United Kennel Club’s top dog breeds for 2006.

The winner was one of seven scent-hound breeds — including the bluetick coonhound (No. 3) and the American black & tan coonhound (No. 5) — in the UKC’s Top 10 list.

The popular coonhounds “beautifully represent the established breed standard … and have the skills to perform in the real world,” said Todd Kellam, UKC vice president of hunting programs. More than 60 percent of the UKC’s 12,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training and instinct.

Other leaders on the list, based on UKC registration figures, were the American pit bull terrier (No. 2), the beagle (No. 7), the Labrador retriever (No. 8) and the American Eskimo dog (No. 10).

“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,’ ” said Tanya M. Raab, vice president of media for the UKC, which was established in 1898.

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