MEDINA — JoAnn Koneval is among the one in four Medina County householders with a licensed dog as a pet.
But Koneval has one of the more unusual ones: a Kerry blue terrier, a breed of dog that can cost up to $1,500 for a puppy.
Koneval, 66, of Liverpool Township, has been showing Kerry blue terriers, which hail from County Kerry, Ireland, for 25 years.
Of the six she’s raised, every one has become a champion.
She’s retired now and so is her last show dog: 10-year-old Champion Sea Mist El Zorro the Fox.
Only five other Kerry blue terriers are listed among the roughly 18,300 dogs registered with the county auditor. One of them — 12-year-old Champion Sea Mist Unsinkable Molly Brown — is registered to Koneval’s daughter, Lisa Knight.
So what’s the most common dog breed in the county?
Labrador retriever by a long shot.
Of the 18,300 registered dogs, more than 3,000 are labs, lab mixes or other variations of the breed.
Golden retrievers, German shepherds, beagles and boxers are on both the national and county top 10 lists.
Shih tzus make the Medina County list, but do not appear on the national one.
The Medina County top 10 list does not include Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas, English bulldogs, poodles, dachshunds or rottweilers, which are common on many national lists.
Dog breeder Roxana Rohrich, 66, of York Township, said some of the breeds in the county are quite rare.
Rohrich’s two Skye terriers are the only ones in the county.
Others, like the Dogue de Bordeaux and the Leonberger, only had a handful of registrations.
Overall there are more than 250 breeds and combinations of breeds among the 18,000 dogs registered with the Medina County auditor’s office this year.
While there are relatively few different breeds, there are nearly 5,000 different names on the list.
The Top 10 names in the county match almost exactly with national lists, but when dog names were original, they didn’t disappoint.
Gisela Mattingly’s “The Burgermeister,” Mary Stewart’s “Sir Tobith Handcock” and Melissa Dawson’s “Vinnie Kneecaps” were some of the more inventive names.
There are likely even more names in the county, but their owners haven’t registered their pets.
Medina County Animal Shelter officials said it’s part of their job to find those owners.
“We actively search for dogs without registration,” deputy warden Salina Chaw said.
Chaw said dogs should be registered annually because owners could be cited with minor misdemeanors otherwise.
“Fines could be as high as $150,” she said.
Chaw said dogs should be registered each year between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31.
The shelter charges a $12 fee for registration.
After Jan. 31, registration fees double.
“They should probably just register their dogs,” she said.
Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or email@example.com.
Top 10 Dog Names in County
243 — Buddy
224 — Bailey
222 — Max
221 — Molly
206 — Maggie
170 — Sadie
160 — Daisy
148 — Lucy
146 — Bella
113 — Jake