For the 20th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is America’s top dog.
While America’s three most popular dog breeds remained the same — Lab, German shepherd and Yorkshire terrier – the American Kennel Club’s annual list of most oft-registered purebreds had some surprises.
The beagle overtook the golden retriever for the No. 4 spot.
“Not since the early 20th Century has the bulldog enjoyed such sustained popularity,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “‘Bob’ was the first AKC registered bulldog in 1886, and today the breed enjoys its highest ranking in 100 years at number 6.”
The AKC numbers are based on the numbers of purebreds registered with the organization.
Baltimore’s top five breeds reflected the national averages, except for the presence of the Rottweiler at No. 5.
Chihuahuas, ranked 13th nationally, were the sixth most popular breed for Baltimore.
Some other national highlights from the AKC’s count:
- The French bulldog made the largest leap in the past decade, jumping 50 places from 71st to 21st. Other breeds with the biggest increase in rankings over the last decade include the Havanese (from 86th to 31st) and the Cavalier King Charles spaniel (from 54th to 23rd).
- Closing the gap this year, a couple of breeds that had been on the decline over the past decade made double digit increases over the past year — Keeshonden (from 102nd to 87th) and Anatolian shepherd dogs (from 115th to 109th).
- “Bully” breeds have been steadily increasing over the past decade, including the bull terrier (from 78th to 53rd) and the Staffordshire bull terrier (from 97th to 74th).
- Among smaller dogs that rose in the rankings were the Yorkshire terrier (from 7th to 3rd in the past decade), the Cavalier King Charles spaniel (from 54th to 23rd) and the Havanese (from 86th to 31st), proving that they are top of the Toys.
- A trend toward larger breeds is seen with the rise of the Great Dane (from 28th to 17th), mastiff (from 39th to 28th), Newfoundland (from 53rd to 44th), Bernese mountain dog (from 58th to 39th) and the Greater Swiss mountain dog (from 104th to 88th).
Posted by John Woestendiek January 26th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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So, with only three days left to Valentine’s Day, your honey still hasn’t firmed up the plans?
Could be he, or she, is planning to spend it with the pooch.
Rather than spending Valentine’s Day with their human partner, a fifth of adults would prefer to be with their pet, Reuters reports, based on a global poll conducted in conjunction with the market research company, Ipsos.
The survey of 24,000 people in 23 countries found, globally, 21 percent of adults would rather spend February 14 with their pet than their spouse or partner.
Interestingly, Turkish people were most inclined to want to spend the day with the dog (49 percent), while the French were least likely (10 percent).
The survey found that age and income were even bigger factors than country of residence, with younger, less affluent people more likely to choose their pet as their Valentine’s Day companion. About 25 percent of people aged under 35 opted for their pet over their partner, compared to 18 percent of those aged 35-54 and 14 percent of people aged 55 and over. Men and women were evenly split over the question.
About 1,000 individuals per country took part in the poll, with Turkey showing the largest numbers by far of owners who preferred their pet’s company on Valentine’s Day. Next came India with 41 percent, Japan with 30 percent, China with 29 percent, the United States with 27 percent and Australia with 25 percent.
The nations where residents were the least likely to want to spend the day with a pet over their spouse or partner were France at 10 percent, Mexico at 11 percent, the Netherlands at 12 percent and Hungary at 12 percent.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 11th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Relationships between dogs and their owners generally fall into three distinct categories, according to a university researcher.
As a result, says David Blouin, a cultural sociologist at Indiana University South Bend, some dogs live pampered lives while others are still expected to work for a living, all depending usually on their owner’s lot in life.
Blouin, according to Science Daily, says the attitudes of dog owners generally fall into one of three following categories:
- Humanists, who highly value their dogs and consider them close companions, treat their pets almost like pseudo people, or surrogate children.
- Protectionists, often vegetarians, greatly value animals in general, not just as pets.
- Dominionists, who see animals as less important than people, often use their dogs for hunting, guarding or pest control and require them to live outdoors.
“I found it interesting that there are different ways to relate to and think about animals and that people are able to switch and latch onto a different way of thinking about and treating animals when other things happen in their lives, like having children,” said Blouin, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Blouin conducted 28 in-depth interviews with dog owners from a Midwestern county. Blouin said the distinct orientations toward animals are a result of personal experiences, demographic characteristics and family structure. Rural dog owners were more likely to leave their pets outside, for example. Empty-nesters seemed to be the most attached to their pets.
“People don’t make this stuff up themselves,” Blouin said. “They learn how animals should be treated. There are different ideas out there and these ideas exist in little packages, which are promoted by different groups, like the Humane Society or kennel clubs.”
Posted by John Woestendiek August 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Half of all American pet owners consider their pets as much a part of the family as any other person in the household, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll released this week.
Another 36 percent said their pet is part of the family but not a full member, according to the Associated Press.
Most pet owners admit to feeding animals human food, nearly half give the animals human names and nearly a third let them sleep in a human bed. While just 19 percent had bought an outfit for a pet, 43 percent felt their pet had its own “sense of style.”
Singles were more likely to say a pet was a full member of the family than married people — 66 percent of single women versus 46 percent of married women, for example. And men were less likely than women to call their pet a full member of the household.
According to the survey, slightly over a quarter of pet owners celebrate their pet’s birthday or the day it came to live with them, and a third have included a pet’s photo or name in a holiday card.
About one in five respondents take their pets to work, and 42 percent of pet owners have taken a pet on vacation, usually the family dog.
The AP-Petside.com poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media from May 28-June 1, 2009. It is based on landline and cellular telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,110 pet owners. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
Posted by John Woestendiek June 24th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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A study by Apartments.com has found that 80 percent of renters say a pet-friendly policy plays a major role in where they choose to live, and nearly one of every three seek out a home that is convenient to ameneties like dog parks and walking trails.
A whopping 90 percent of those responding to the survey said they had a pet, and half of the other 10 percent said they plan to get one within the next year.
While the majority of respondents experienced difficulty finding an apartment that allowed pets, 89 percent said they were not put in a position where they had to choose between their animal and a place to live.
For survey respondents who said they were forced to give up a pet, the two main causes were identified as not being able to find an apartment with a pet-friendly policy (65%) or not being able to afford the pet deposit (27%).
Apartments.com says more properties are welcoming pets. More than 11 million searches were conducted on the website in 2008 by people seeking pet-friendly apartments.
For tips on renting with pets, Apartments.com offers a special section on its website.
Posted by John Woestendiek June 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: apartments, apartments.com, contest, landlords, pet deposit, pet friendly, pets, policy, properties, rental, renters, roommate of the year, survey, tenants, tips, video
A poll conducted for Petside.com and the Associated Press shows that pet owners favor a mutt in the White House.
By more than a 2-1 margin, pet owners say the Obamas should choose a mutt for their first dog over a purebred. The poll showed people who don’t have pets don’t really care either way.
The survey, conducted by GfK, also found more than half of pet owners and 43 percent of all Americans said it was important to them that the Obamas adopt their dog from an animal shelter.
Obama said over the weekend that his family had narrowed their choice down to two breeds: a Labradoodle (a cross between a poodle and a Labrador) and a Portuguese water dog, the kind owned by Sen. Edward Kennedy. (Although the Labradoodle is frequently called a “hybrid,” there’s really no difference between that and a mutt, other than the price tag.)
Democrats felt more strongly about a mutt in the White House than Republicans. Among all Democrats, 38 percent say the dog should be a mutt, compared with 32 percent of all Republicans. Republicans were more likely to say they don’t care about the question, 42 percent, than Democrats, 33 percent.
Among those quoted in an Associated Press story about the survey was Baltimore resident and miniature pinscher owner Pat Schoff, 55, who pointed out that, all in all, what breed a dog is doesn’t really matter.
“I guess in all reality, a dog’s a dog,” she said.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 15th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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An American Kennel Club survey has found that Americans are willing to sacrifice their own needs to better care for their dogs.
For those of us who have been doing that for years now, that’s not exactly big news. But perhaps — given the state of the economy — it bears repeating.
Here are some of the highlights:
– 96 percent of respondents would forego their daily latte to save money for their dog’s expenses.
– 97 percent said they would forego massages or spa treatments in order to afford a vet bill.
– 79 percent would cancel a teeth whitening appointment so their dog could have an annual teeth cleaning.
– 65 percent would regularly eat Ramen noodles before they would skimp on their dog’s high quality food.
– 59 percent would perm or color their own hair in the kitchen sink in order to keep Fido’s appointments at the groomers.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 9th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: akc, american kennel club, americans, cutback, dedication, dog, dogs, economy, financial, gifts, holidays, latter, pet care, pets, products, ramen noodles, sacrifice, spending, survey
Rush Limbark. Meatwad. Sir Lix Alot.
Those are just a few of the favorite unusual dog names encountered by Veterinary Pet Insurance during its annual survey to find out the most popular dog names.
“We’ve been tracking the most common pet names for years,” says Curtis Steinhoff, spokesperson for Veterinary Pet Insurance. But the real fun comes in finding the one-of-a-kind names, like Peanut Wigglebutt, Spatula and Admiral Toot.
“Some of (the names) are very self-explanatory, and some of them, well, we’re not really sure where they came from,” Steinhoff told Seattle TV station KOMO.
The company’s list of dog (and cat) names, and the stories behind them can be found on the website, wackydognames.com.
“Rush Limbark,” for instance, is said to grow calm when he hears the talk show host’s voice. ”Sophie Touch and Pee,” gets so excited when she’s petted that … well, you can figure it out.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 28th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: cats, company, dog names, dogs, funny, names, peanut wigglelbutt, pet names, rush limbark, sophie touch and pee, survey, veterinary pet insurance, wacky