New Canaan's Most Popular Dogs

After mixed breeds, Labrador retrievers are by far the most popular in town. Today's the day to register your dog with the Town Clerk—that and more in this week's "New Canaan Animal Reports."


[Editor's Note: New Canaan Patch will return next week with the interactive map of coyote sightings in town—we have one new sighting this week, see below, and —but for today, as dog owners mark June 1 to register their animals with the Town Clerk's office, we wanted to give our locals a chance to celebrate their canine friends. Below we've included a list of the most-popular dog breeds in town. Don't see your breed there? Click on the "Upload Photos & Videos" button above, share a pic of your pet with us & tell us in the caption the dog's name, age, breed and what makes your particular dog one of a kind—we'll update the table with your breed for next week.]


As June 1 marks Dog Registration Day in town (scroll down for how-to details), New Canaan Patch and New Canaan Police Animal Control Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt sat down to hammer out a decent (though not entire) list of the most popular registered dog breeds here, from among the 3,005 registered in 2011. Unlike big dog shows like Westminster, you'll see popular breeds "finishing first" ... Here's a look:


Labrador Retriever 530 Golden Retriever 246 Beagle 64 Pug 55 Jack Russell Terrier 51 Shih Tzu 50 Bichon Frise 48 German Shepherd 39 Dachsund 36 West Highland Terrier 36 Wheaten Terrier 32 Yorkshire Terrier 31 Cocker Spaniel 28 Portugese Water Dog 25 Brittany 24 Boston Terrier 23 German Short-Haired Pointer 23 Pomeranian 21 Bernese Mountain Dog 20 Vizsla 19 Border Collie 17 Chihuahua 17 Siberian Husky 16 Poodle 15 Newfoundland 12 Springer Spaniel 11 Weimaraner 11 Flat-Coated Retriever 8 Airedale 7 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 7 Greyhound 7 Scottish Terrier 7 American Bulldog 6 Bearded Collie 6 French Bulldog 6 Rotweiler 6 Swiss Mountain Dog 6 Doberman Pinscher 5 Shar Pei 5 Chow Chow 4 Schnauzer 4 American Eskimo 3 Shetland Sheepdog 3 Irish Setter 2 Pit Bull 2 Pekinese 1 Sheepdog 1 St. Bernard 1



New Canaan has already had a big dog week, with the arrest of one local man who is a veterinarian in the Bronx and is accused of , and also the arrest of a man who reportedly became combative with police after .

Also this week, at about 11 a.m. on May 27, a yellow Labrador retriever mix reportedly ran into the road near 167 Park St. to bite a jogger. The dog—a visitor from New York state, police said—ran into the street to bite the jogger who was running down Richmond Hill Road and had turned the corner onto Park Street.

The dog's shots are up to date, yet still the animal is required to be quarantined for 14 days—and not at home, according to state law, because it didn't bite the jogger on its own property.



  • of New Canaan-based posted a Local Voices blog about how —this is a must-read for dog owners.
  • of posted this event——about a June 2 opportunity not only to adopt a pet but also to give food to needy pet owners. Need help feeding your pet? Find a PDF application attached to get the help you and your loved one need.
  • A 7-month-old golden retriever, Sophie, has been missing since May 9 and was last seen in Rowayton (photo & information on tracking dog is attached).
  • New Canaan-based volunteer Claudia Weber, who doubles as the New Canaan town clerk, says 25 dogs and cats were vaccinated during the low-cost clinic held in May. Attached is a picture of Stary, an adoptable calico cat who was found homeless and suffering out on the street with a broken leg that had atrophied. "We could not leave her behind in that condition, and so off to the vet we went," the agency says. "She now only has three legs, but that doesn't stop her from getting around or playing with all of her toys. She has the sweetest temperament and coos like a bird when you pet her under her chin."


New Canaan Patch in its free daily newsletter each week features complete with an updated coyote sighting map, lost dogs and cats report, deer vs. motor vehicle information and details on animal and rabies calls in town.




May 21

  • 8:41 a.m., 165 South Ave.: Police took a call reporting a raccoon at the across the street (where I went to preschool), and the animal was gone on arrival.

May 24

  • 4:04 a.m., Main Street & Johns Place: A police officer went out to rescue two baby racoons who were in the middle of the road. The officer put them on the side of the road, and animal control went back the next day but found nothing there.
  • 2:40 p.m., Cherry Street & East Avenue: Police responded to what turned out to be a non-alarm complaint of a dog left in a car. Arriving, police found a 3-month-old dachsund puppy in good shape. The windows were open just a crack. Returning, the car's driver said she only had the car a short while (still dangerous). She still was cited for not having a driver's license with her.

May 25

  • 12:08 a.m., 20 Charter Oak Lane: A dog got into a tussle with a squirrel, which got away and wasn't available for rabies testing. The dog was placed on 45-day home confinement.

May 26

  • 1 p.m., Waveny: Two people were found at Spencer's Run at Waveny with dogs that had no tags on. They were issued written warnings. The Animal Control unit performs regular sweeps of the dog park there.

May 27

  • 11:23 a.m., Waveny: Two people were issued written warnings at Spencer's Run for having dogs with no tags.

May 28

  • 9:51 a.m., Morse Court & Main Street: A dog this reported to be locked in a car and in distress. The owner returned immediately and said the dog was only in the car 5 minutes. It was fine.



to get more details about each individual coyote sighting.

Recent sightings reported to Patch include:

  • May 29: At 7:07 a.m. on Old Stamford Road, a resident reported seeing a coyote.



June is the official month in which to purchase licenses and tags for New Canaan’s canine residents. Reminder notices were mailed by the ’s Office to owners of dogs who are currently on the Town’s dog license list, according to Town Clerk Claudia Weber. Licenses will be valid for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, and may be obtained Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm at the Office of the Town Clerk located on the first floor at Town Hall. Renewals may also be obtained through the mail.

“We refer to it as the ‘Make Your Beagle Legal’ season which adds a little humor to the State-mandated process,” Weber said in a press release. “When I first became Town Clerk, there was so much resistance to licensing, and I wanted to show that it could be a fun thing and an easy task to accomplish.” 

In order to obtain a new license and tag, a current rabies certificate must be presented or mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office, so owners should note any expired dates on their reminder notice and then vaccinate their dog immediately.   

Requests for dog licenses through the mail must include the owner’s name, address, phone number; dog’s name, age, gender, colors, breed; proof of current  rabies vaccination; proof of spaying or neutering, if applicable; and a check for the appropriate fee made payable to the “New Canaan Town Clerk.”  Requests by mail can be sent to:  Town Clerk, P.O. Box 447, New Canaan, CT  06840. 

Owners should also enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Original rabies certificates will be returned to the owners along with the new license and tag.

Please see attached PDF file for more details.



Police received no reports of deer vs. motor vehicle collisions in the past week. This chart is up-to-date:

Vehicle Accident


Result for deer


614 Silvermine Road



507 Country Club Road

Put down


Smith Ridge Road

Put down


615 West Road



Lost District Drive

Ran away


279 West Road



979 South Ave.



1052 Oenoke Ridge Road

Ran away


1279 Smith Ridge Road



296 Frogtown Road


Do you have a missing dog or lost pet? Do you have a great photo of your dog that you want us to include in next week's Animal Reports? Any animal stuff you’d like to blog on, or anything else animal-related for New Canaanites to read or see? Just shoot me an email at michaeld@patch.com.

Leslie Yager June 01, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Love Claudia Weber of Strays & Others! She rescued an AMAZING black lab, now my BFF curled up under my desk after morning jog!
Victoria Hart Glavin June 01, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Awwwww. I love the BFF under the desk visual!
Leslie Yager June 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
She is sweetest dog. And to think she was hours from being euthanized.
Melissa June 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I think there are 5 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers!
Emily Constance (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I love how many cute pooches New Canaan has! They're all so beautiful and unique.
Glen K Dunbar June 02, 2012 at 10:43 AM
New Canaan does have many adoreable dogs.
Victoria Hart Glavin June 02, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I didn't see corgi on that list. Can it be that New Canaan has no corgis?
Sheryl Shaker June 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
And I know of at least one Tibetan Terrier...


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