The American Kennel Club has long been the premier organization for dogs. They provide information on breeds, training guides, helpful tips and the organization is made up of a community of dog lovers across the country. They even hold dog shows and have a museum in Midtown, Manhattan. Your Museum of the Dog is launching a new exhibit that celebrates and honors America’s most popular dog breeds.
In conjunction with the show opening, the AKC also released its latest list of the most desirable dogs in the country. Number one is the Labrador Retriever once again (as it has been for decades) but the newest breed to occupy position 2 may surprise you. Read on to discover the 10 most popular dog breeds in America.
Dachshunds (also called doxen) have surprising origins – they were bred to hunt badgers. His tiny legs and tenacious mind are single-minded, making the Dachshund perfect for crawling underground and for digging into roof caves. Nowadays owners find this fiery spirit lovable and those tiny legs adorable. But be aware that their size can be small, but their energy level is great. Dachshund owners should play with their puppies daily to give them the exercise they need.
Fun fact: In German dachshund literally means “Dachshund”
9.) German Shorthaired Pointing Dog
The German Shorthaired Pointer is the perfect dog for every nature lover. Pointers have limitless energy and are known for their speed, agility, and endurance, according to the AKC. They are the perfect dog for anyone who enjoys hiking, swimming, or running. If you are looking for a training partner this is the dog for you. Better still, pointers are known to be open-minded and friendly, and they always enjoy playing with new friends.
Fun fact: The short-haired pointing dog is the product of centuries of selective breeding and appears to be a descendant of the German bird dog
Rottweilers once had a reputation for being vicious dogs used for dog fighting, but in recent years it has become apparent that the breed was a victim of circumstance. A Rottweiler is as nice and loving as its owner. When you are in a good home with a loving family, you will have a loyal, friendly pup. A well-trained “Rottie” is known according to the AKC for being playful, full of joie de vivre and, despite his size, always looking for a cuddly toy.
Fun fact: At the beginning of the 20th century, Rottweilers were used as police dogs
Beagles were bred as hunting dogs and hunted in packs. This has given the Beagle a need for company, which makes them perfect family dogs. They are happy, friendly, great with children and always love company. And with their big floppy ears, they are simply adorable and make you want to scratch your head all day. According to the AKC, beagles don’t respond well to tough training. Instead, a patient owner using positive reinforcement (and a few dog treats) will create the perfect home environment for these cheerful pups.
Fun fact: President Lyndon B. Johnson owned three beagles named Him, Her, and Edgar
Poodles have a reputation for being stuffy, squeamish, and used only for the pomp and circumstance of the super-rich. In reality, however, poodles are incredibly intelligent dogs and natural swimmers. In fact, their fur is suitable for swimming, and a poodle will always love jumping into the water with its owner. Grooming is essential for this breed, according to the AKC. If left unkempt, their fur can collect and build up dirt, pollen, and dust anywhere.
Fun fact: Poodles are the national dog of France
Bulldogs are known for their distorted faces and waddling gait. Because of their symbolism for bravery and courage, they have long been considered a “man’s dog”. However, bulldogs are actually lovable idiots who just want to play with their owners and relax. According to the AKC, bulldogs are also chewers and will play chew toys and tug of war their entire lives. For anyone who loves a dog with adorable and hilarious expressions, this is the breed for you.
Fun fact: Yale University was the first American college to use the bulldog as a mascot, affectionately known as “Handsome Dan”.
4.) Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is about as American as Apple Pie … but just like Apple Pie, Golden Retrievers are actually an import from another country. The breed originated in Scotland as a sports dog but has since been synonymous with making an excellent family dog full of energy, love and loyalty. But besides being kind-hearted, they are also excellent working dogs, which is why they are used in search and rescue teams and as guide dogs for the blind. For a perfect all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with a golden retriever.
Fun fact: Because of their obedient and intelligent Golden Retriever, they are regularly used in film and television, such as Air Bud.
3.) German Shepherd Dog
German shepherds are strong and courageous dogs. They are considered excellent protectors and are faithful until death. They are also extremely intelligent, which is why they are used by police and airport security. However, shepherds also require a lot of training. Without proper training from an early age, the breed can have problems interacting with people and other dogs later in life. It depends on the owner and how much work he is willing to put into it.
Fun fact: German Shepherds are often referred to by kennel clubs and dog lovers as GSD (GGerman S.hephard D.and).
2.) French bulldog
French bulldogs, often also called “Frenchies”, are miniature bulldogs that can be easily recognized by their sharp “bat ears”, which constantly give the dog an adorable and lovable expression. Frenchies are perfect city dogs too. Their small size and ease of dealing with strangers make them perfect for city life, plus they don’t require a lot of exercise, which makes them a great addition to smaller apartments. The dog was also purposely bred to be kind and affectionate … they are a far cry from their original English bulldog ancestors who were used in the now illegal practice of “bullbaiting”.
Fun fact: Despite the name, the French Bulldogs are actually from England.
1.) Labrador Retriever
The famous Labrador Retriever has been the most popular breed of dog in America for decades, and for good reason. The dog is immortally affectionate and wants nothing more than to be friends with everyone around him. Perfect for almost any type of family, labs are sure to add a puppy-like curiosity and zeal to any household. Labs also bring a puppy-like amount of energy. Don’t forget that your laboratory was born to play and requires daily walks to keep them happy and healthy.
Fun fact: Labrador Retrievers are not from Labrador, they are from Newfoundland.
The AKC’s “Top Dog” exhibition runs from May 5 to August 29, 2021. For more information or tickets, click here.
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