July 14, 2010

The Top 5 Dog Breeds in North America

Filed under: Dog Breeds — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:11 pm

Whether you want a pet or you’re just interested in dogs, there is certainly no shortage of breeds.  Still, despite the hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dog breeds, we tend to see the same breeds as pets agaihttp://crittercures.blogs.tnorth.ca/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=836&message=1n and again.  Here is a countdown of the top 5 dog breeds in North America.

  • 5. Beagles
    Whatever you want to say about beagles, they’re cute.  Originally bred for hunting, beagles are high energy dogs who love company from humans or other dogs.  Unfortunately, like other energetic breeds, if beagles don’t get enough attention they often turn to inappropriate behavior like chewing or barking.
  • 4. Golden Retrievers
    Smart, sociable, cute, and loyal, Golden Retrievers make great family pets.  They tend to suffer from some genetic diseases like hip dysplasia and cataracts but they are a perennial favorite because of their great personalities.
  • 3. German Shepherd
    German Shepherds tend to be fearless and extremely loyal which is why they are often chosen for police dogs.  In addition, they are very intelligent and when properly socialized make great pets.  Like Golden Retrievers, German shepherds are prone to some genetic conditions such as hip dysplasia.
  • 2.Yorkshire Terriers
    Look into the face of one of these little joys and you’ll find it hard not to fall in love.  Yorkshire terriers can be a bit yappy but they are also quite smart so can be trained easily.  Kennel cough is a condition that commonly affects Yorkshire terriers.
  • 1. Labrador Retriever
    Known for their loving and loyal nature, these active dogs are chosen as pets because they are gentle, intelligent, and playful.  The most common condition affecting Labs is hip dysplasia but they are also prone to arthritis which can limit their mobility as they get older.  Still, they’re friendly and easily trained so it’s no surprise that they are the number one dog breed in North America.

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