Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Labs Bring It Again
Every January, the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists the number of registrations for each dog breed. Coming in at number one for the 18th straight year, is the Labrador Retriever, followed in order by Yorkshire Terriers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Boxers, Dachshunds, Bulldogs, Poodles, and Shih Tzus. Each of these pups have unique characteristics that appeal to those looking for a specific breed. If you're interested in seeing where your choice falls with registrations, take a look at the complete list.
Well, I suppose you shouldn't argue with statistics, but I beg to differ with the AKC. I believe that the true number one dog is the all American mixed breed. I'll bet he can be found in more homes around the world than any pure bred dog. And with a combination of traits that often give the mixed breed better health and a happier disposition, the mixed breed should never be overlooked as a potentially wonderful companion animal.
You don't always need to find a breeder, when the perfect critter could be waiting at your local shelter.