Here, then, are Minneapolis' top ten most popular breeds, with raw registration numbers in parenthesis:
Laborador Retriever (1,711) German Shepherd (498) Golden Retriever (479) Siberian Husky (243) Pit Bull (233) Beagle (233) Border Collie (162) Cocker Spaniel (155) Rotweiller (152) Boxer (152)
Here are the ten most popular breeds nationwide, according to the American Kennel Club:
Labrador retriever Golden retriever Yorkshire Terrier German Shepherd Beagle Dachshund Boxer Poodle Shih Tzu Miniature Schnauzers
To me, the most striking aspect of the comparison is the fact that neither the pits nor rots made the national list. Does this mean that Minneapolitans are (A) more bad ass than the nation as a whole or (B) just damn fearful. I suspect the answer is B. What do you think?
One aside: Yeah, I know the term pit bull doesn't describe a single breed, but refers to several distinct breeds, among them: American Pit Bull Terriers (presumably the 233 beasts identified by the city as "pit bulls"), Staffordshire Terriers (50 of which are registered in Minneapolis), American Bulldogs (36), and Bull Terriers (10). That fact--along with my suspicion that pit registration numbers are probably artificially low because a considerable subset of pit owners aren't paperwork folk--only serves to amplify the Minneapolitans-sure-do-like-bad-ass-dogs hypothesis. Again, the question is, Why?