The Most Popular Dogs In 2013

Have you ever wondered what the most popular dog in the United States is? Well the American Kennel Club keeps up with these types of things and has released their 2013 most popular dog list. Here’s some of what they have to tell us.

The Labrador retriever has retained its spot as the number one dog in America for the 23rd year in a row. Yes it appears that the Labrador is America’s favorite dog and has held this top rank longer than any other dog in AKC history.

It appears that since the economy has gotten better larger breeds have become more popular. In fact having a larger breed dog has become sort of an economic indicator during the past five years.

Here is a list of the most popular dogs in the US for 2013 according to the A.K.C.

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd

3. Golden retriever

4. Beagle

5. Bulldog

6. Yorkshire Terrier

7. Boxer

8. Poodle

9. Rottweiler

10. Dachshund

Actually in my dog training business I see quite a few of these breeds as being very popular, especially the Labrador, Goldens and the ladies favorite the Yorkshire Terriers.

I think however if you considered all dogs and not just those registered by AKC I think you would find a huge increase in mutts. Yes, in the last 10 years or so I’ve seen a huge increase in the number of mixed breed dogs that are being adopted and of course that is a good thing.

This trend shows that American families are willing to adopt the dog from the shelter rather than go buy a new registered dog. There’s no reason that a mixed breed dog can’t be just as good of a companion as a pure bred dog. In fact I’ve heard from some vets that the mixed breed dogs seem to be healthier and don’t have all the genetic problems of some of the pure breeds.

Another huge trend that I’m seeing is the designer dog. You’ve seen them on TV on some of the current reality shows. I’m seeing more and more of these tiny hybrid dogs as pets especially for the ladies.

Another huge trend is with Labradoodle’s and Goldendoodle’s. The fact that they come in various sizes, different colors and are hypoallergenic make them an attractive dog for American families especially a family that has allergy problems.

If your dog didn’t make it to the top 10 list not a problem that doesn’t mean he won’t be a great companion for you and your family.



Source by Wayne Booth

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