Most popular dogs

Obviously, someone over at Wonkblog is into dog statistics lately.  I gotta admit, I find the matter pretty interesting myself.  I love this infographic of how the most popular dog breeds have changed over the past 20 years.  Most notable to me is the Rottweiler bubble.  They came from out of nowhere to get super-popular in the 1980’s (and into the 90’s where this graphic starts), but thy dropped off like a lead balloon.  Also, I gotta agree with America’s judgement here at the top as I love both Labradors and German Shepherds (larger image here).

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3 Responses to Most popular dogs

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    We hobby Weimaraner breeders love it when our dogs are way down the listof favorite dogs. That means that backyard breeders and puppy mills will be less likely to breed them and for profit breeders who don’t care about the breed or the dogs themselves will be less likely to breed them carelessly and will focus on more popular breeds. That’s why many people in our breed hated it when dressed up photos of Weims by a well known photographer became popular because we know breed popularity can lead to disaster for health and temperament as well as physical appearance.

    • Steve Greene says:

      Absolutely. That’s what did in Cocker Spaniels and Irish Setters way back. It’s a wonder there’s still so many good Labs. And Shepherds are great, but have so many common genetic defects. When I was a kid, my mom got our collie from a backyard breeder. Miserable dog. She accidentally had puppies from a mixed beagle/dachsund up the street. The puppy we kept was an amazing dog.

  2. itchy says:

    Does it mean anything that graph of the lab is steady and dependable, while the terrier is bouncy and erratic?!? (And the rottweiler has a big, protruding canine?)

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