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For 2nd Year In A Row, LA Is Bullish On Bulldogs

LOS ANGELES (CBS) —  For the second year in a row, bulldogs are top dogs in the Southland, according to statistics released by the American Kennel Club.

And while we love the bulldog here, the Winston-Churchill-looking breed doesn't rank in the top five in the nation,  says the AKC.

"Los Angeles has spoken and the bulldog is here to stay," says Lisa Peterson of AKC. "While the bulldog is slowly moving up the ranks nationally, L.A. has made the breed its top dog for the second year in a row, trending ahead of the rest of the country."

The most popular dogs in Los Angeles in 2010 were bulldog, German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Yorkshire terrier and golden retriever. German shepherds jumped from fourth place in 2009 to claim the number-two spot last year, while golden retrievers fell from third to fifth.

Nationally, the Labrador retriever was the most popular dog for the 20th consecutive year, followed by German shepherd, Yorkshire terrier, beagle and golden retriever.

The bulldog ranked number six -- an impressive jump from 21st place just 10 years ago. The French bulldog has made the biggest jump in popularity over the past decade, leaping from 71st place to 21st, according to the AKC.

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