Earlier this morning the AKC announced their top 10 dogs of 2014 and here’s what they said:
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Yorkshire Terrier
- French Bulldog
Most of this is not to shocking for the majority of the public. Labs, German Shepherds, and Goldens are regularly seen in neighborhoods around the country. What is surprising to me is how many big dogs are in this list! Even the Poodle is found in a multitude of sizes including the “Standard” which is the same size as those found at the top three.
All of these dogs in the top five are known for their friendliness but the Beagle, Bulldog, and a few others are also known for their stubbornness, independence, and intelligence which sometimes adds up to a dog which is difficult to train.
It is nice to see these dogs, several bully breeds included, all with gained popularity. Both Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Boxers, and Rottweilers are all listed as “Aggressive” breeds in various places across the US. To see these breeds listed as some of the top breeds in the country I hope means that we are starting to move away from the idea of an “Aggressive Breed” and move more towards educating people on how to properly train and raise their animals, and how training and socialization in addition to good breeding and temperament understanding all adds up to a polite and well-mannered dog.