Image: Toy poodle
Ray Stubblebine  /  Reuters file
A toy poodle gets groomed while waiting to be judged at the Westminster Kennel Club show at New York's Madison Square Garden in 2005.
updated 1/11/2006 8:01:46 PM ET 2006-01-12T01:01:46

The poodle pranced to the top of the list of Manhattan's most popular dog breeds in 2005.

The poodle edged out the Labrador retriever and dachshund, the American Kennel Club said Tuesday.

Manhattan's standard, miniature and toy poodles snatched No. 1 from the dachshunds, which slid to third from 2004's top spot. The Labrador retriever was ranked No. 2, according to the kennel club, which based the rankings on its national registration statistics broken down by ZIP code.

Next in popularity were the Yorkshire terrier, golden retriever, bulldog, French bulldog, Shih Tzu and Havanese. The 10th spot was shared by the Maltese and the pug.

New to the list for 2005 were the French bulldog and the Havanese, the kennel club said.

"These breeds appeal to sophisticated people who, while they may not have a lot of space in their Manhattan apartment, have plenty of love for a petite canine companion," kennel club spokeswoman Gail Miller said in a news release announcing the rankings.

The American Kennel Club, which was established in 1884, says it aims to advance the study, breeding and exhibition of purebred dogs.

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