This week, the American Kennel Club announced their annual most popular breeds of dogs for 2010. Unsurprisingly, the Labrador Retriever reigns supreme for the 20th year running. In this post, we will show the top 10 including pictures and a short description of the breed.
Number 1 – the Labrador Retriever
Labradors are medium-large sized dogs with a sturdy, muscular build. Labs are known for their intelligence, fine character and good temperament. They are excellent with children, loyal and playful. As they were bred to be working dogs originally, they do require a reasonable amount of exercise to keep them happy.
Number 2 – the German Shepherd
German Shepherds are renown for being the best military and police service dog, yet they also make great pets. Strong, athletic and intelligent, with the correct training they make good guard dogs as well as family pets, if introduced to children from a young age. The German Shepherd is a large dog that requires a lot of exercise, mental stimulation and regular grooming.
Number 3 – the Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers are the most popular of the Toy Breed category. They are adaptable little dogs, making them suitable for in the city or country. They travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they aren’t recommended for homes with small children as they are delicate little breeds who know how to defend themselves. They require limited exercise, but being a lap-dog means they require daily interaction with humans and regular brushing to keep their hair in good condition.
Number 4 – the Beagle
The Beagle is a short and sturdy medium sized dog with relatively easy care requirements. The coat requires little brushing, they need an average amount of physical exercise but as they have been bred to be a hunting dog, they do require mental stimulation before following their nose gets them into trouble! Great with kids, can be quite independent but always the happy-go-lucky comedian.
Number 5 – the Golden Retriever
With an eager to please, enthusiastic attitude; these dogs are energetic, playful and require a moderately active home. Their water-repellent long coat sheds each season so they require regular grooming for comfort. Great with children and other animals.
Number 6 – the Bulldog
An easily distinguishable breed, the Bulldog could be seen as an acquired taste but proving to be very popular in America in recent years. Bulldogs make great family pets, they are gentle and tend to form strong bonds with children. The medium sized stocky breed requires minimal grooming and exercise.
Number 7 – the Boxer dog
This medium to large sized dog with a strong, muscular body was originally bred for fighting, though in recent decades it is now suitable for anything but! One of the breed’s characteristics is its desire human affection and praise. They are patient and seem to have an affinity with children. They can be quite boisterous as puppies but mellow as they age. The Boxer requires little grooming, but needs daily exercise.
Number 8 – the Dachshund
The Dachshund, meaning ‘Badger Dog’ in German, is a solid-built small dog with a lively, friendly personality. They are versatile, smart and require moderate exercise. The short haired variety require minimal grooming, however the long haired variety does require care to keep the dog tangle-free a comfortable.
Number 9 – the Poodle
It is a common misconception that these dogs are the ‘beauty without the brain’, the Poodle is an exceptionally smart dog and rated one of the top three most intelligent dogs along with the Labrador and Border Collie. These dogs have a hypo-allergenic coat that may make them more suitable for those who suffer with allergies to dog hair but still want a pooch. They require an active home and regular professional grooming.