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Most Popular Dog Breeds

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 09:02 AM  posted by I Love Dog Breeds

5 Most Popular Dog Breeds Registered with the American Kennel Club

Ask any pet owner for a list of the most popular dog breeds and you will probably get a different answer every time. That’s because anyone who is close with a canine companion usually thinks that their pet is truly the best. While dogs continue to capture our hearts, some breeds stand out and become noticeably more popular than others.

5th Place: The Golden Retriever

It’s no surprise that the Golden Retriever would find a place on the American Kennel Club’s list. This popular canine has earned a place in many homes thanks to its trademark temperament. The average Golden is very patient and loving. They don’t mind children and fit in exceptionally well in a family setting. They are also quite sociable and happily welcome visitors into their home. A healthy, well-balanced and well-trained Golden Retriever will show no unprovoked aggression and will be very amicable.

4th Place: Beagle

The Beagle is yet another handsome canine that has earned a reputation among dog owners. This breed comes from England however it is actually more popular in Canada and the United States. Beagles are gentle and show an even temperament that is very appealing to families and individuals looking for a companion pet.  They aren’t timid, but show no aggression either.  Potential owners should be aware that this breed is very headstrong and determined which can make training a challenge.

3rd Place: Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is the smallest canine featured on this list. What it lacks in size it makes up for in appearance and personality. Developed in Yorkshire, England during the 19th century, this breed was a worker. Its small size was perfect for its assigned task: catching rats. The average Yorkie weighs less than 10 pounds and is very active and affectionate. It can also be overprotective and is not considered a lap dog.

2nd Place: German Shepherd

The Alsatian (German Shepherd) came from Germany, but has spread to become one of the most popular dog breeds in other countries including the United States.  This herding canine is protective, a trait harkening back to its original purpose which included guarding its master’s livestock. The average German Shepherd is large and can weigh anywhere from 55 to 95 pounds with females falling on the lighter side. The breed is highly intelligent and a hard worker. It is also very active and will require an outlet to satisfy its mental and physical abilities.

1st Place: Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever takes first place on the American Kennel Club’s top dog breeds list. This breed serves as an excellent gun dog. Unlike other canines, the Lab has webbed paws which allow it to take well to water. This stems from the dog’s original purpose, which included retrieving nets for fishermen. They are hugely popular in many countries, including the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada.  The average Lab weighs between 60 and 88 pounds and stands 21 to 25 inches tall. Accepted colors include black, chocolate and yellow.

Yorkie Poodle Mix

Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 11:01 PM  posted by I Love Dog Breeds

A Yorkie Poodle mix, or Yorkie-Poo, is a very popular kind of hybrid dog. These dogs are also known as designer dogs. The Yorkie-Poo is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle, usually a Toy Poodle. However, the Poodle Parent could be a Miniature Poodle which is also a small breed.

Hybrid Dogs

The Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodles (all varieties) are two of the most popular breeds of all dogs in the U.S. and in many other countries, so it’s no surprise that crossing these breeds would produce a dog that is also popular. However, whenever breeds are crossed there is no guarantee which breed the puppies will resemble. Some of the puppies may look more like the Yorkie parent and some may look more like the Poodle parent. Hybrid dogs are not necessarily more healthy than purebred dogs. If the parents have health problems, they can pass the on to their puppies. Many hybrid breeders claim that breeding this way will produce “hybrid vigor” but this is untrue. This is not crossing two different species so it’s not true hybrid vigor in a biological or agricultural sense. All of these dogs are the same species. If they share similar health problems then it’s likely that the puppies will inherit those problems, too.

People often choose to use Poodles to crossbreed dogs because they do not shed much, if at all, and they are good for people with allergies. Some Yorkie Poodle mix puppies may have a coat that doesn’t shed much but you should meet the individual puppies so you can see which ones have a coat that is more like a Poodle coat.

Temperament

In terms of temperament the Yorkie-Poo can make a very nice pet. Both the Yorkie and the Poodle are outgoing breeds. The Yorkie tends to be quite feisty at times and is a confident dog. Poodles are also confident and one of the most intelligent of all dogs. Your Yorkie Poodle mix dog could be more like the Yorkie parent in temperament or more like the Poodle parent, but chances are that he will be quite smart and he should be outgoing, especially at home. With good socialization he should also be friendly and outgoing with strangers. Poodles love to show off and be the center of attention. If your Yorkie-Poo has good socialization he can also show off tricks he learns and be the center of attention wherever he goes.

Appearance and Grooming

As Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles (both Toy and Miniature) are both quite small breeds, your Yorkie-Poo will likely be a small dog. Yorkies have long, silky hair that needs to be brushed daily. Poodles have curly coat that doesn’t shed. Many owners take them to a professional groomer and keep their coat clipped short. There are various clips you can choose but most people use a simple all-over pet clip. A Yorkie-Poo may have coat that resembles either parent or which is something in the middle. It can be wavy, curly, or straight. Depending on the type of coat you may choose to keep it clipped or simply brush it out. The coat can be many different colors, just as Poodle coats can be many different colors. The dog’s nose is usually black and the eyes are dark. The ears can stand up, like the Yorkshire Terrier’s ears, or lie down, like the Poodle’s ears.

Conclusion

The Yorkie Poodle mix is a very popular little hybrid dog. They can make good pets. If you are interested in getting a Yorkie-Poo you should talk to the breeder and ask about the health of the parents. Ask if the breeder has had any health tests done and ask to see the results. Hybrid dogs are not necessarily healthier than purebred dogs. Only health testing the parents helps produce healthier puppies.