I’m watching The Weather Channel, waiting for the snow to reach us here in Canton, Ohio, and realizing that there is snow deep into the south, where they are not quite as used to it as we are. So, a few cold weather tips for you and your dog:
Hot off the presses, The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced at a press conference today that the loveable Lab once again is the number one most popular breed in the United States.
While the Labrador Retriever remains a constant at the top of the charts, the big mover and shaker in 2017 was the French Bulldog. The easygoing, playful, adaptable Frenchie not only jumped two spots to number four, it knocked the Beagle out of the top five for the first time since 1998.
“The Labrador Retriever has its paws firmly planted in Americans’ hearts,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “It’s such a versatile and family friendly breed. Don’t underestimate the power of the Frenchie, though! Its adaptability and loveable temperament make it very appealing to a wide variety of people. The French Bulldog is poised for a takeover.”
In addition to the country’s most popular, rare breeds were on the rise in 2017. The Norwegian Buhund rose four spots (174th to 170th), Skye Terriers rose six spots (178th to 172nd), Canaan Dogs jumped six spots (181st to 175th), and Harriers rose three spots (186th to 183rd).
The current top ten list:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd
3. Golden Retriever
4. French Bulldog
10. German Shorthaired Pointer
Kinda mad my favorite, the Beagle, is out of the top five, but my second favorite, the Golden is hanging in!
Yes, I know the Top Ten list belongs on Tuesday, but I was out of town. So you don’t have to wait clear until next week, I’m bringing you a special Top Ten on Wednesday: Random Dog Tweets. (Not treats, tweets.) Continue reading Top Ten Random Dog Tweets→
Nope, it’s not Tuesday, but I needed to get this Top Ten list up in time for people to prepare for the upcoming granddaddy of all dog shows, the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club All-Breed Show.
You can catch the Finals of the Masters Agility Championship on Fox Sports 1 from 7 – 9 pm ET on Saturday, February 8th. The conformation show is on CNBC Monday, February 7th from 8 – 11 pm ET and on USA Network on Tuesday, February 8th from 8 – 11 pm ET.
If your television is glued to the Olympics, check back here often. I’ll be live-blogging both events – a little during the day, but a lot during the evening.
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs by rescuing dogs in shelters, assisting blind dog owners, and educating the public about these wonderful dogs.
A friend of mine just gave me a copy of the June issue of Dog Fancy, where they list the top ten dog parks in America. In case you missed their article, here are the rankings. I’m proud to say that my favorite park, Stow, Ohio’s Bow Wow Beach, made the cut.