|The shih tzu remains the most popular dog breed among Filipinos in 2011. Photo provided by Philippine Canine Club Inc
MANILA, Philippines -- Small dogs continue to be a hit with Filipinos with the shih tzu and the chihuahua topping the Philippine Canine Club Inc.'s dog breed rankings for 2011.
The shih tzu, also known as the Tibetan temple dog, has been the most popular dog breed among Filipinos since 2008. Accoding to the Canine Club, more than 24,000 Filipinos owned a shih tzu in 2011 from around 14,000 in 2008.
The Canine Club bases its dog breed rankings on its annual registration statistics.
Quickly gaining popularity among Filipino dog lovers is the Siberian husky, which jumped to fourth place last year from No. 14 in 2008. "Its high-energy, friendly, and non-aggressive temperament make it a Pinoy favorite," the Canine Club said.
The beagle, associated with the popular comic strip character Snoopy, also leaped in popularity to fifth place last year from No. 13 in 2008.
Other large breeds that have gained popularity include the labrador retriever and German shepherd.
Registration for purebred dogs has steadily increased, the group noted, indicating a growing passion for owning and taking care of purebred dogs.
“We’re delighted that Filipinos are now more keen on caring for purebred dogs,” Canine Club president Augusto Benedicto Santos III said in a statement. “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, the club will showcase the best purebred dogs in the country and the Asia-Pacific region at the 2012 Fédération Cynologique Internationale 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.
Top 10 dog breeds for 2011:
1. Shih Tzu
4. Siberian Husky
6. Labrador Retriever
7. Chow Chow
10. German Shepherd