The American Kennel Club recently announced its list of the most popular dogs in the U.S. Wouldnâ€™t you know it, the Labrador came in firstâ€”a spot it has held for 21 years. And, why not? This breed makes for an excellent family pet, not to mention the fact itâ€™s one of the most versatile hunting dogs around.
There arenâ€™t many working dogs that can excel in the upland and the water. If youâ€™re a pheasant and duck hunter, itâ€™s tough to beat a Lab, especially if heâ€™s a pointing Lab.
Moving up a spot to fourth, is the golden retriever, just behind the beagle and German Shepardâ€”one of my favorites. A state trooper friend of mine was just delivered one of these â€śpupsâ€ť (just barely a year old, Dax is already over 80 pounds). Obviously, not a gun dog, but what a beauty.
Another friend recently purchased a yellow pointing Lab, which comes from a long line of championsâ€”or so he was told. Weâ€™ll find out soon enough. Again, I love this breedâ€™s ability to hunt multiple types of game. They may not be as accomplished in the field as a pointer or setter, or as stout as a Chessie in the water, but you wonâ€™t find many dogs that can excel at both, like a Lab does.
Hereâ€™s the full listing of AKCâ€™s Top 10:
2011 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.
|1. Labrador Retriever||1. Labrador Retriever|
|2. German Shepherd Dog||2. German Shepherd Dog|
|3. Beagle||3. Yorkshire Terrier|
|4. Golden Retriever||4. Beagle|
|5. Yorkshire Terrier||5. Golden Retriever|
|6. Bulldog||6. Bulldog|
|7. Boxer||7. Boxer|
|8. Poodle||8. Dachshund|
|9. Dachshund||9. Poodle|
|10. Rottweiler||10. Shih Tzu|