Good News About Animals
But even though Labs have held the title since 1991, they might want to watch out: Golden retrievers are climbing the ranks. The friendly, stick-fetching breed showed up third (up from fourth) in new statistics from the American Kennel Club.
For America's dog lovers, large canines remain in vogue, with Rottweilers, boxers and poodles all making the top ten, according to the AKC’s registration statistics.
“Bigger breeds are making their move,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The popularity of the pint-sized, portable pooch just gave way to a litter of larger breeds in the top 10. These predictable, durable, steady breeds, like Labs and goldens, are great with kids and offer the whole family more dog to love.”
The poodle, however, still held its No. 8 position this year, though the breed once enjoyed its own 22-year reign as top dog from 1960 to 1982.
Other interesting stats from 2012? Mastiff-type breeds are becoming more popular, with the mastiff, bullmastiff, cane corso and Neapolitan mastiff all climbing the ladder over the last decade. And more people are gravitating toward “Bully” breeds, with the Bull Terrier moving from 79 to 51 during the same period of time.
Source: NBC TODAY SHOW