Yesterday the first five of the top 10 dog breeds of 2014 as the AKC, American Kennel Club, recently announced were listed on Examiner. Today is the second half of that list, number six through 10. The American people have chosen these dogs more often than any other dog breeds out there.
Number six just happens to be the energetic, loyal and clever Yorkshire terrier. This breed of dogs is a big dog packed into a small dog’s body. They are energetic and seem to always be up for an adventure. Besides that, they are excellent watchdogs as they alert at any sign of anything.
The Poodle reigns in at number seven. These dogs are often found on canine runways because they are highly intelligent and very graceful. Because of their intelligence, they are one of the most trainable breeds of dog, typically pleasant, happy, but sensitive. They do require exercise or could become a bit high strung without it. Another reason that these dogs are very popular is that their fur is hypoallergenic, allowing people with allergies to have this pet because of the reduction in allergic reactions pet families may have.
The muscular Boxer dog is number eight on the list of America’s picks. This breed of dog is muscular. It has a short-coat and a distinctive square head. Despite its solid appearance, this type of dog is very gentle. They have playful spirit; a curious side if you will. Boxers will use their front paws to do just about everything, including pawing at its toys in a cat-like fashion. The name derives from the fact that this category of dog likes to jump up and motion with its front paws, as if he/she was boxing.
French Bulldogs, or “Frenchies”, as many people refer to them are very playful and affectionate. They like to cuddle on their pet parent’s lap. They are loyal and loving. They make good companion dogs even though they do have a stubborn streak which may require obedience training beginning at a young age.
Descending from the English bulldog, the line actually crosses that of the Mastiff. This breed has a distinct look beginning with its bat-shaped ears and its half-flat, half-domed skull. The distinctions are a favorite amongst those that prefer these pets.
Rounding out the top 10 is the Rottweiler. Although large and, at times, formidable-looking, they are actually loving and affectionate dogs. Bred to be a hunting companion, they still carry with them their sharp skills, thus they are still utilized in search and rescue missions, as guide dogs for the blind, or as guard or police dogs.
This breed of dog is basically calm, confident and quite courageous. They bare a self-assured aloofness to them, responding quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude.
These dogs have an inherent desire to protect their home and family. They are intelligent with a strong willingness to work. They make a great companion, guardian and general all-purpose canine.
Although each of these dogs are kept pure by breeders, this does not in any way assure them from becoming a product of society and ending up in shelters or rescues. No animal is ever assured of that, so VPI encourages pet owners to adopt dogs of all types from shelters and/or rescue organizations as these dogs have even more love to offer because of their circumstances.
Over the past two days, the Top 10 Breeds of dogs selected by the American people in 2014 has been covered. There are many other great breeds to choose from, these just happen to remain America’s favorites. So, in case you are in the market for a new pet, you are now in the know!