German Shepherd: Most Popular Dog Breed, 1925 to 1936
Most Popular Breeds of Dogs
This section, regarding popular breeds of dogs, is based on total registration for the particular breed with the American Kennel Club. Slightly different conclusions might be drawn from annual registrations. And, of course, we don’t have the numbers for dogs that are not registered.
Between 1915 and 1940, American Kennel Club statistics were collected every five years, instead of yearly. Between 1905 and 1935 the Boston Terrier was consistently either first or second place.
German Shepherds 1925 - 1936
In 1925, based on the popularity of Rin Tin Tin, German Shepherds became the most popular dog in the U.S., holding their first place position until 1936. Rin Tin Tin was a canine hero featured in stories on the radio, in film, and on television.
Just before the end of World War I, an American soldier serving in France found a few surviving puppies in a bombed out kennel in France. The soldier, Lee Duncan, named one of the puppies Rin Tin Tin, after a puppet called Rintintin that French children gave to the American soldiers for good luck.
Rin Tin Tin returned at the war’s end with Duncan to his home in Los Angeles, California. In 1922 at a Shepherd Dog Club of America show, Rin Tin Tin amazed everyone with his ability to jump 11 feet 9 inches.”
Rin Tin Tin in the Movies
Following the show, a man named Charles Jones approached Lee Duncan and asked if he could try out his new camera that made moving pictures. Novograph Pictures Company purchased Jones' film and offered Duncan $350 to make further films of Rin TinTin in action. Duncan accepted and knew at that moment there could be a future for him and his dog in films.” Rin Tin Tin’s first starring role was in 1923's “Where The North Begins.” This film was a huge success and has often been credited with saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy. This film was a silent movie, but Rin Tin Tin went on to play in the “talkies.”
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