Here are AKC dog registrations from 2007 to 2009 for the Top 10 breeds:
|Breeds are rank-ordered by 2009 registrations. Note that in 2009, there are more than twice as many Labradors as German Shepherds (90,000 versus 41,000). So much for the AKC's musing that German Shepherds may overtake Labs as the Number One Dog.|
The far right column shows the percentage of Lab registrations are represented by each of the other 9 Top Ten breeds. Six of the 10 breeds have one-third or fewer registrations, compared to Labrador retrievers.
I love numbers and statistics, but they do not give joy to everyone. A picture is often worth a thousand words.
|TOP 10 AKC BREEDS 2007 TO 2009|
The other reason the AKC did not want to reveal recent registration data is that the organization is going downhill, fast. AKC finances depend heavily on registrations, which generate at least $20/ dog. Annual registrations of 400,000 dogs, generate $8 million in revenue. The registration data clearly indicate that every year the AKC is losing purebred dog registrations.
Compared to 2007, which was not a banner year, the AKC had 89,000 fewer Top Ten registrations in 2009. That loss of registrations translates into at least $1.75 million in lost revenue. The trend is ominous. In 2003, Lab registrations numbered 143,000., compared to 90,000 in 2009. The AKC's decline is happening in a context of more and more purebred dogs being adopted as family pets.
If I were CEO of the AKC, I would be alarmed and contemplate what changes need to be made in my organization. Let me offer a few suggestions:
As I think of more ways to help the AKC meet its goals and live up to its mission, I will post them. Meanwhile, let's hope they get more honest by publishing breed registration statistics for 2010.