In LA, Chihuahuas Are Hot Dogs

'Lucky' the most common name
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2008 5:00 AM CDT
A Chihuahua flashes a cool look as she and her owner visit the "Dog Festa," an event opened for dog owners to share their common interest in Tokyo, Saturday, June 23, 2007.    (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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(Newser) – At least 1,262 Chihuahuas named “Princess” live in Los Angeles. That priceless pearl of wisdom comes from “LA’s Top Dogs,” a new searchable LA Times database of every registered canine. Only half the city’s dogs are legally registered, but of that population, Chihuahuas are the most numerous (59,684), followed closely by Labradors (58,071). Pit bulls are a distant third (20,851).

“The big concern is that Disney is coming out with a movie called Beverly Hills Chihuahua," says a Department of Animal Services official. "It will just encourage the breeding of Chihuahuas when we've already got too many out there.”