Top 10 Dogs of 2009

In honor of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia's Dog Show, here's the American Kennel Club's top 10 dogs of 2009, according to MSNBC.

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In honor of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia's Dog Shows, here's the American Kennel Club's top 10 dogs of 2009, according to MSNBC.

These lovable, friendly pooches were once companion dogs for Chinese royalty. But don't let their cute appearance fool you. Despite their small stature, Shih Tzus are known to stand up for themselves when threatened.
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They may look mean, but bulldogs are known for their friendly personality.
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Poodles are known for their high energy. But make sure you keep them busy as they're also known to get into a bit of trouble when bored.
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Despite their short and stubby legs these members of the hound family are often trained to race and to hunt. Their playful nature also makes them family-friendly. Just make sure you don't mistake them for a hot dog during a bout of hunger.
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Despite their appearance and name, boxers are not known for their aggressiveness and are generally good with children. So you don't have to worry about getting TKO'd by these stocky pooches.
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No, beagles can't fly their doghouse and they don't hang out with yellow birds (normally). But just like Charlie Brown's best bud, they're known for their intelligence and friendliness.
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Arguably the friendliest dogs, Golden Retrievers are also known for their intelligence and calm demeanor.
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While being renowned for their strength and athleticism, the most impressive trait of this German Shepherds is their intelligence, considered the third smartest dog behind Border Collies and Poodles.
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Yorkshire Terriers are truly "high class" in both look and personality. While friendly and loyal they also demand a great deal of attention.
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These adventurous and athletic dogs are also known for being child-friendly, making the Labrador Retriever the perfect family dog.
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