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Dog Lovers Name Marmaduke Canine Movie of the Year in American Kennel Club Canine Partners Poll

(Thursday, February 24, 2011)

The results are in! The culmination of awards season is upon us and in celebration of this Sunday’s Oscars, movies’ biggest night, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) Canine Partners asked the public to cast its vote for the most popular canine movie.

Proving that all dogs, even awkward and sometimes clumsy ones, are loveable in their own way, America named Marmaduke Best Movie of 2010 Featuring a Dog. Marmaduke won with 49%, beating out the French Bulldog from Due Date and the German Shepherd and Beagle from Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

"Movies show the profound influence all dogs have on our daily lives," said Mark Dunn, Assistant Vice President of Canine Partners. "Marmaduke tells the story of a loveable, accident prone Great Dane and his struggles to fit in with the other dogs. We’re proud to give this movie, which reminds viewers that all dogs have their own unique qualities that make them special, our first Dogscars Award."

Lassie Come Home (31%) narrowly beat out Benji (21%) to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for best portrayal of a dog and responsible dog ownership. Lassie Come Home tells the story of the profound bond between a young boy and his dog. In voting for Lassie, one respondent said "Lassie Come Home says it all – a love of a boy and his dog, a bond that is unbreakable."

Other Lifetime Achievement Award nominees include:

  • Lady & the Tramp
  • The Man from Hell’s River
  • The Wizard of Oz

To learn more on how to have fun with your dog, visit the AKC Canine Partners website at www.moredogfun.com.

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Explanatory Notes:
The survey was conducted during a two-week period from February 9 - 22, 2011. Surveyors responded voluntarily. Self-selecting methods were used in recruitment for this study. AKC does not guarantee that these statistics are scalable to the overall population. This data is for anecdotal purposes only.

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