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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

CONTACT: (212) 788-5290; (212) 788-3058 (After Hours)
Erica Lessem (elessem@health.nyc.gov)


THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES MOST POPULAR DOG NAMES AND BREEDS OF 2005

"Max" and Mixed Breeds Top the Lists

NEW YORK CITY - December 27, 2006 - "Max" was New York City's top dog-name in 2005, the Health Department announced today. The name was engraved on 1,228 of the 101,274 dog licenses the department issued last year. Lucky and Princess took second and third places, followed by Rocky and Buddy, leaving the top-five ranking unchanged since 2004. Mixed breeds (with 7,374 new licenses) outnumbered any other variety in 2005, followed by Labrador retrievers. Pit Bulls and Shih-Tzus captured third and fourth place, rising from spots four and five in 2004. German Shepherds were the fifth most popular breed of 2005, down from third place in 2004.

Most Popular Dog Names of 2005   Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2005
1. Max 1. Mixed
2. Lucky   2. Labrador Retriever
3. Princess   3. Pit bull
4. Rocky   4. Shih-Tzu
5. Buddy   5. German Shepherd
6. Coco   6. Yorkshire Terrier
7. Daisy   7. Chihuahua
8. Lucy   8. Poodle
9. Lady   9. Maltese
10. Shadow   10. Cocker Spaniel


"In addition to vaccinating your dog for rabies, licensing your dog is one of the most important things you can do as a pet owner," said Dr. Jessica Leighton, Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Health. "Licensing can help you reunite with your dog in case of separation, and is also important for monitoring rabies exposures. Both rabies vaccination and licensing are required by law."

Benefits of Dog Licensing
Under New York State Law, all dogs must be licensed and have a license tag on their collars while in public, yet the Health Department estimates that only a fifth of NYC's dogs are currently licensed. Licensing contributes to animal control and the protection of public health. Specifically, it:

  • Helps prevent rabies by enabling health workers to follow up with people bitten by particular dogs
  • Helps owners find lost dogs
  • Helps enforce the New York State spay/neuter law (spaying or neutering helps reduce the stray animal population and may also help reduce unwanted behaviors)
  • Could help dogs and owners reunite if separated during a citywide emergency.

How to License Your Dog
Dog license applications are available through the DOHMH Web site at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/vet/vet-doglicense.shtml or by calling 3-1-1. The information needed for a license application includes the animal's name, age, color, gender and vaccination record. License certificates and dog tags are mailed to pet owners' homes. Once received, the tags must be attached to each dog's collar. While licensing costs only $8.50 per year ($11.50 if you do not send proof that your dog is spayed or neutered), fines for unlicensed dogs can range from $200 to $2,000.

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