As usual, after reading Pet Product News’ yearly article about most popular dog breeds, I think to myself “that is a lot of dog!” It seems that we American’s still love our big hairy rambunctious digging barking chewing dog breeds. Maybe I am jaded by my experience as a dog trainer having to deal with families overwhelmed by the size and activity level of their household Lassie, but it never fails to surprise me which breeds regularly top the list.
This year the trend is to go even bigger! Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, & Rottweilers still hold their place in the top ten as expected but quite a few of the up-and-comers are in the “wouldn’t look bad in a saddle” category like Bernese and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Bullmastiff, Rhodesian Ridgeback, and the Irish Wolfhound.
Despite the trend toward more dog, the Beagle moved up to number three last year, and the Yorkie and Dachshund still stand at the top so not everyone wants muddy paw prints on their forehead after a dog park trip in this Seattle rain.
As someone who shopped for a car solely based on how easy it would be to load my pack of dirty hiking buddies into the back, I can honestly say power to you devoted dog lovers out there! As someone who runs a doggie daycare, we all thank you for bringing more “whole lotta dogs” into the world. We wouldn’t be here without you.