Skip to comments.Top dog: Which breed sets popularity-ranking record in U.S.?
Posted on 02/01/2014 9:24:06 AM PST by Innovative
The Labrador retriever was the most popular dog breed in the U.S. last year for a 23rd year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced Friday.
That's the longest any breed has been top dog since the organization's 1884 founding.
German shepherds, golden retrievers, beagles and bulldogs are holding steady in the top-five pack, with Yorkshire terriers, boxers, poodles, Rottweilers and dachshunds continuing to round out the leading 10, which mirrors last year.
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I had intended to mention the pure bred mutt too.
“pure bred mutt too.”
I bet those are the most popular ones — a lot more people own “non-pure-breed” dogs, than any of the pure breed ones.
I think some people consider it a status symbol to own a pure breed dog — but I think they should show their status some other way and save an orphaned or abandoned pet instead.
A myth. Yes, there are wonderful dogs at a rescue, but there are also dogs with severe emotional problems from bad owners.
YEP...we have one of those “rescue” dogs....she’s the best dog I have ever known....she happens to be part lab, part aussie?
And then they put them in doggie daycare.
Go boxers! I have one rescue and one not. Fun...very fun and loving puppy dogs!
They choose you; it's canine-human speed dating for a match. Something in those abandoned sweethearts can sense when someone is their match, and they turn on the charm.
“Gale Golden” should be raising Golden Retrievers.
We have a dachshund who happened to us when he was 5. His previous owner was a distant owner who had rescued him and then a year later she died. We got him, renamed him, had him chipped and neutered. He’s a sweetie.
“but the best dog is a dog you take from a rescue”
So true. We have two of them a Beagle and a Chihuahua. Both rescued out of our neighborhood as they had been dumped by their owners. Mr. GG2 and I were just saying last night that we could not have gotten two better dogs if we had gone out and bought them. They are a constant joy.
The smartest and most in-tune dog I’ve ever had was a boxer mix, she passed in June of last year. Best dog ever, you could teach her anything— fetch the phone or most anything you wanted to take a minute to show her. Our GSD passed the year before our mix. In my opinion the GSD ise one of the most soulful dogs. I sure miss them.
I agree, but there’s something to be said for purebreds too. I’ve only had one dog, A Briard. Got him from a friend who was a breeder. Incredibly smart dogs!
And a GREAT watchdog! Foiled a robbery at my secluded farmhouse. You could see the robbers footprints in the snow. Normal stride walking up to a side window. There he was met by Pandemonium! Strides running back to his truck were about 6’ in length! Pandy musta scared the poop outa him! Bwaaa!
I am not knocking purebreds, just that unfortunately many people who want purebreds are doing it more as a status symbol, rather than for love of the dog.
I think that some people do the rescue thing as a status symbol in order to show how enlightened and good that they are.
I think anybody who has any dog that they love and properly care for has done a good thing.
Second was a rescue and very sweet...not bossy like the one I got from the cradle and was my own creation. :)
You don’t necessarily get instant gratitude from a rescue dog.
Ours went through phases - quiet, meek and hungry, autistic, would-be dominant, stalker of little children, jumping greeter of everyone, good dog, ferocious self-appointed guard dog, good dog.
I don’t think she was ever abused or neglected, but she went through a at least three shelters and foster homes before she came to us. Now she is secure but there is not a drop of gratitude in her, any more than there is in a small child. She loves us but takes us for granted.
Yes. We’ve had three over the years. Our first one was Thunder. He was amazing - almost a European standard. Weighed around 30 pounds. He had the full range of the small town where we lived. He was not neutered since that was not really the thing back then. He would bring dates home with him. He showed up once at a New Year’s eve party we went to with a german shepherd. They seemed very happy together, went around the place saying hello to everyone and then left. Our next one had serious health problems and wasn’t that much fun to own. As I said, this one, Biscuit, is a joy. Makes us laugh every day. Doesn’t even bark much. He knows that magic command, “out.” If you have not taught your dog to leave the room on command, you need to work on it. It solves a lot of problems. Our dogs leave the room and sit in the next one, watching us closely.
Labs are plain nuts. I got one that swims like an otter but try to give him a bath and it is like you were trying to dip him in acid. Makes no sense.
You’re absolutely right. My dog (a shelter rescuee) put his paws on each of my shoulders and pulled me towards him and hugged me when I knelt down in front of him to say hello the day that I went to my local shelter to find a new best friend. It was as if he was saying ‘where have you been? I’ve been waiting for you to take me home’. He picked me that day. We had 14 wonderful years together. He was the greatest dog ever. Someone had left him tied to a tree before he was rescued and brought to the shelter. I don’t understand how people are so cruel to animals. My dog had a gift of making people smile. If everyone had a dog like him, people would be much happier, I am convinced.
None of the top ten even make my top four.
What a cutie! (LOL You’re toast. Sympathies- toast here, too)
Absolutely correct. The best dog *is* each of ours. There may be many as beautiful, smart, funny... but not more.
I try to stay away from threads, books, photos, etc. like this, but that looks like my Jake. We had to put him down in 2007. He was seventeen, hard of hearing, and going blind. It was renal failure that did him in. Really rough stuff. I questioned myself (and the vet), for a while that I should have put him down six months earlier.
Do you know about Rainbow Bridge?
We had to the same to our Mia recently, pit bull mix. It’s not easy. My sympathies.
I have three friends who have gone the rescue route. One had to put the dog down after he bit four people including her, one severely. One is on puppy prozac and cowers in a corner most of the time. When she is not on the Prozac she wimpers and snarls if someone comes into the room. By choice she spends most of her time in a very expensive crate my friends had custom made for her. And the last one has been banned from our yard because he has three times viciously attacked my dog for no reason. The first two are/were purebreds a cocker and a lab. The third is a beagle/boxer mix that should be put down. All these people felt they were doing the right thing.
Havanese is the best breed though :-)
Dagny, our present Corgi is 4.5 years. She was 6mos. when Jake passed.
I love dogs, people...eh.
Click on my name to see my dogs.
Our 11 year old black Lab Titus was rescued from a really bad situation in Alaska in 2002. Our yellow Lab Jewel was given to us by an elderly man who could not keep her. Our Bichon Frise and Bichon/Shi-Tzu cross (Be Shiht?) were taken from homes where they were unwanted. They are all great dogs living in their forever home now.
All three of our cats are rescues too.
I have had 5 labs over the years. They all have different personalities but the males have the most interesting personality quirks and were the worst chewers.
Is she a Silky Terrier?
A pure bred mutt is my #1 pick.
A Norwich? I have two of them—one red; one black and tan. Just love these little dogs. They are absolutely fearless and love to boss around my 120 pound English Lab.
And we’ve had 3 rescues that have been wonderful dogs, good with children, workmen, and our cats. Thy have never bitten anyone.
What’s your point?
Rainbow Bridge — a lovely poem.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Too bad about the bad experiences your friends had, it’s hard the know what the real problem is, but overall, most experiences are positive.
All ADORABLE doggies but once again no love for the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian..my poochies will be crushed
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww such a cutie!!!
No she is a Australian Terrier.
Fortunately for your dogs, only YOUR assessment and love matters and I am sure there is no issues with that. :)
Our boys are spoiled, they have so many squeaky toys they dont know what to do with them anymore..and enough bones to fill a store :-)