Most Popular Dog Breed – Labrador Sets Record
February 3 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet
I’ll be the first to tell you, mutts get no respect. We’re the Rodney Dangerfield of the canine kingdom.
This is true even though we are healthier, happier and in most cases better companions than our well heeled superiors, or so the snooty folks at the AKC would have you believe. This begs the question, aren’t designer dogs (Schnoodle anyone) really just mutts? Just because my old man was an amorous Chow on the prowl, and my mom an easy Golden doesn’t invalidate my ‘designer dog’ origins, or those of my many dog park friends. So let’s be clear, mutts are always the most popular breed, check any shelter.
Anyway, everybody loves a Labrador which we all knew. Yeah they’re smart, energetic and good looking. No doubt that’s why they’ve won the award 23 years in a row, but what is most surprising in this year’s announcement is the rise of the French Bulldog in popularity. I don’t care how much fine wine and cheese they consume, their farts don’t smell any better than mine. Ever watch a bulldog put a square peg in a round hole? Yup, not too bright. And do these guys ever shut up? Yap, yap, yap. Of course my jealousy may be tainting my view of the breed so take it with a grain of salt, or better yet a Milkbone.
Here’s the story so you can see where your favorite breed ranks.
The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States for the 23rd straight year, but the French bulldog has gained ground by leaps and bounds, the American Kennel Club said on Friday.
Labrador retrievers enjoy the longest consecutive reign of any dog in the annual ranking compiled by the American Kennel Club, or AKC, which bases its list of the most popular breeds on the number of dog registrations across the country.
The German shepherd took second place, followed by the golden retriever and the beagle, respectively. Breeds pulling ahead in the pack included the Doberman pinscher, which scurried past 20 other breeds to 12th place and the Great Dane, which made an 11-place jump to 16th.