Sorry we’re a bit late this week with our awesome doggy links of the week…
Here we are again at the end of the week (actually it’s now the beginning of the week) with our favorite posts from the top dog blogs around the world. We’re going to keep it short and sweet…so lets get started with our adorable puppy pic:
Dublin Puppy In Training
Now that we got the adorable puppy out of the way lets check out this weeks doggy blog articles:
- Discouraging Your Dog’s Bad Behavior in 10 Easy Steps – A great thing about working on your dogs training is that it will strengthen the bond between you and your dog. One of my favorite points in this article helps curb destructive chewing. We use the same technique when training our own guide dog puppies. Another good point this article brings up is that you can change a dogs bad behavior and that bad behavior is not permanent. In other words you can teach an old dog new tricks.
- Top 7 Holiday Dangers To Avoid For Your Dog – some great tips on foods your pet should avoid not just over the holidays, but always. Some foods you may not be aware of are onions, grapes, and raisins My ex-girlfriend actually gave my dog a few grapes and I flipped out. Lucky for us it was only about 3 which apparently was ok for a dog his size.
- Top 10 Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed – Every day I wear black clothes by the end of the day I can see long yellow golden fur all over. If I don’t vacuum at least once a day the little fur ball tumbleweeds start forming. Lucky for me I don’t have allergies to dogs. However, lucky for some others not all dogs shed like my Labrador Retriever, my Australian Shepherd mix, and my Golden Retriever. This week we came across a list of dogs that do not shed so if you’re interested in not having to vacuum or use a lint brush on a daily basis then check out this weeks list of dog breeds that do not shed.
- 5 Easy Ways To Raise Funds For An Animal Shelter – If you volunteer at an animal shelter/rescue then check out this list. In fact if you volunteer for any non-profit organization (we volunteer as puppy raisers for Guide Dogs of America) you might find some helpful hints on how to raise funds for your favorite charity organization. If you’ve been following our blog for a while then you know we raised money for Guide Dogs of America through Dublin’s Puppy In Training TV video series (let us know if you want to sponsor an episode).
- 10 Great Holiday Gifts for Great Pet Lovers - If you haven’t already checked out our list of most popular dog toys then you might want to check it out now! However, if you can’t find the perfect dog toy then you might want to check out this weeks list of holiday gifts for pet lovers. It’s definitely a more high end list, but maybe you’re looking for something special this year like a pet portrait or personalized doggie jewelry…not really my cup of tea.
That’s it for this weeks Puppy In Training link roundup. If you want to submit a link for next week then just leave us a comment in the comments section below. Did you write a great blog article this week? Let us know about it.
Today I was thinking about the top 10 dog breeds and if you do a search in Google you’ll see tens even hundreds of articles about the top 10 dog breeds. The most commons lists you’ll find are hard numbers done by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The AKC produces a list each year wit the top breeds registered to the AKC.
Top 10 Dog Breeds As Voted By The Internet
I wanted my top 10 list to be slightly different than your average list. So, I came up with my own way to calculate the top 10 dog breeds. I’m somewhat of an analytical person and like to use numbers when calculating most of my lists. Here’s what I did to find my top 10 dog breeds list:
- I went to the AKC website and found this list: http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm
- I took the top 50 and typed the breed into Google search using the following formula: “Breed Name” + Dog. An example of what I would type into Google is “Labrador Retriever” + Dog
- I used the singular for each dog breed and used quotation marks around the breed name (this does an exact match in Google)
- After clicking search, Google returns a number in the top right corner indicating the number of web pages returned for your search.
Disclaimer: Let me just say that this is a very inexact science. The Google search engine is constantly re-indexing pages and the results from my search changed within minutes. Basically this is just a snapshot and if you conducted a similar experiment your results would vary drastically from the results you see here.
Top 10 Dog Breeds
||AKC 2007 Ranking
||“Individual dogs will differ, but they are generally
intelligent, independent and courageous” – Wikipedia
||“German Shepherds are highly active dogs, fearless, but
not hostile and often are described in breed standards as self-assured
and never shy” – Wikipedia
||“Boston Terriers have friendly, very strong, lovable,
unforgettable personalities” – Wikipedia
||“The Shih Tzu is characterized by its long, flowing
double coat; sturdy build; intelligence; and a friendly, energetic,
lively attitude” – Wikipedia
||“The temperament of the Golden Retriever is a hallmark
of the breed and is described in the standard as ‘kindly, friendly and
confident’” – Wikipedia
||“Cockers are renowned for their demon like behavior, but
they are easily trained and make a good medium-sized family pet.” -
||“The Beagle has an even temper and gentle disposition.
Described in several breed standards as “merry”, they are amiable and
generally neither aggressive nor timid” – Wikipedia
||“Dachshunds are playful, fun dogs, known for their
propensity to chase small animals, birds and tennis balls with great
determination and ferocity.” – Wikipedia
||“Pomeranians are typically very friendly, playful and
active. They are very intelligent as toy breeds go and are easily
housebroken and trained.” – Wikipedia
||“The French Bulldog is a gentle breed that typically has
a happy-go-lucky attitude.” – Wikipedia
Other Notable Breeds
11. Labrador Retriever – #1 on the AKC list for 2007
22. Boxer – #6 on the AKC list for 2007
36. Poodle – #8 on the AKC list for 2007
A couple things that surprised me after creating this list. First, was that the Labrador Retriever did not make the top 10. I might be biased, but this is such a popular breed not just as a pet, but also as a working dog.
The Beagle was another breed I expected to contend for the number 1 position. Beagles have received a lot of attention over the past year with Uno (a beagle) winning the Westminster Dog Show Best In Show. The Beagle did finish seventh on our list, but that is below his 2007 AKC ranking of fifth.
What do you think do you own a dog that’s on this list? Do you think your dog breed should have been in the top 10?
The American Kennel Club (AKC) released it’s 2007 popularity rankings and the Labrador Retriever still reigns supreme (Labs have been number 1 for the past 17 years).
Three out of the top four breeds on the AKC’s popularity rankings are dogs used extensively in many guide dog programs around the world. The Yorkshire Terrier is stuffed between the three GDA breeds: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Somehow I don’t see the tiny Yorkshire Terriers entering the Guide Dog programs any time soon.
The AKC Top Ten Most Popular Dogs
- Labrador Retriever
- Yorkshire Terrier
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Shih Tzu
Guide Dogs Of America’s Breeds
Guide Dogs of America uses three breeds in their program:
- Labrador Retrievers – 70%
- Golden Retrievers – 15%
- German Shepherds – 15%
The Labrador Retrievers make up the majority of our dogs because we have found them to be the most successful breed used for guide dogs. In fact, the Labrador Retriever is the dog most often used for guide dog programs throughout the world. – Guide Dogs of America
Interesting AKC Regional Variations
From USA Today with comments by me in bold:
- Labs were knocked from first place in three states by beagles: Mississippi, West Virginia and Kentucky.
- Beagles are my nemesis. Two live across the street from me and they bark and howl all day and sometimes at night when I’m trying to sleep. I’m sure they’re a great breed, but my neighbors are giving them a bad name.
- Siberian huskies showed up in the top 10 in three states: Alaska, Vermont and New Hampshire.
- My Aussie mix Linus might be part husky…he has a husky like tail.
- Brittany spaniels were among the top 10 in three states, all in the northern tier of the nation: Montana, Minnesota and North Dakota.
- We had a Brittany spaniel in our training class and he was a wonderful dog.
- Golden retrievers didn’t make the top 10 list in four states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma.
- We have Golden retrievers in our Guide Dog training classes…beautiful dogs and they make up 15% of the dogs bred at GDA.
- Pembroke Welsh corgis appeared among the top 10 in two states: South Dakota and Wyoming.
- An adorable dog, but what happened to their legs…I think it’s good for burrowing in holes to flush out vermin.
Bulldog Makes the Top 10
The Bulldog made it into the AKC’s popularity rankings top 10 for the first time since 1935.
…the bulldog, which AKC breed specifications describe as a 50-pounder with a “dignified” demeanor and a “loose-jointed” and “shuffling” gait, is no surprise to bulldog lovers. AKC’s Lisa Peterson described the dog as “docile and adaptive” and an “all-around family pet who does well with children.” – USA Today
The Bulldog may have become more popular thanks to it’s popularity in Reality TV shows like MTV’s “Rob and Big.” If you haven’t seen Rob’s Bulldog Meaty on the show then check him out riding a skateboard on YouTube. The clip is not as good as some of the clips seen on the MTV show.
The most popular breeds can often be subject to overbreeding. The popularity of a breed often coincides with more puppy mills and backyard breeders churning out puppies by the hundreds/thousands with no regard for meeting high quality breeding standards. If you are interested in owning one of these top breeds please be sure to research both the breed and find a good breeder.
Tell me what you think about this article. What do you think about the AKC’s top 10 breeds?