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You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, as the cliché says, but you can teach almost any dog to obey basic commands, trainers and handlers agree.

It's best to begin training a dog at the puppy stage. Start when the puppy is about seven weeks old and keep the daily lessons simple and short, about five to 10 minutes long.

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Most people will agree that cats and dogs are a breed apart, but there are certain dog breeds that behave more like cats than dogs. As noted in Pet360 and the American Kennel Club (AKC), these breeds are independent, quieter and content to sit and observe. If you’re torn between getting a cat or dog, you might consider adopting one of the following breeds:


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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.

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Cuteness incorporated: Labrador retriever puppies. Labs are the favorite dog breed in West Palm Beach, according to the American Kennel Club. (Post file photo)

There’s not a purse puppy among them.

In West Palm Beach, we prefer big dogs, with one exception, according to the American Kennel Club which just released the list of America’s most popular dogs by regions.

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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

There’s no “pause” in the reign of America’s top dog breed.

FOX News Radio’s Chris Foster reports:

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The American Kennel Clubs’ annual ranking is out.

And Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in America, 24 years in a row now.

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NEW YORK — Feb 26, 2015, 4:02 AM ET

Associated Press

The American Kennel Club is releasing its annual rankings of the popularity of different dog breeds.

THE TOP 10 FOR 2014:

1)Labrador retriever

2)German shepherd

3)Golden retriever



6)Yorkshire terrier



9)French bulldog



The French bulldog entered the top 10 for the first time since the decade of the 1910s (the breed was ranked 11th in 2013).

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Of the 3,000 dogs featured at the Rose City Classic dog show, about 1/3 of the 175 breeds represented are considered rare, according to Patti Strand, organizer of the event.

Several of the rare breeds featured at the show are considered among breeders to be endangered, according to Strand. Breeds that lose their historic role are especially vulnerable, she said.

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At least two of the four new breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club recently seem family-friendly. And the other two might work in a pinch.

The four breeds are the Spanish Water Dog, Cirneco dell’Etna, Bergamasco and Boerboel. They have been given full AKC recognition and were OK’d to begin participation in AKC events Jan.

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Bubbles sported a Mickey Mouse bandana and quiet confidence as she pranced around the Holiday Park fire hall in Plum, turning left and then right, and sometimes sitting or lying on the ground.

Her classmates — including Crackers, Jackie, Mia, Onyx and Jake — did the same as the pack of Dobermans, shepherds, retrievers and other breeds worked on becoming therapy dogs or continued climbing the levels of therapy-dog certification.

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Four adorable new faces have been recognized by the American Kennel Club, bringing the group’s total number of recognized breeds to 184. The AKC will recognize the Spanish Water Dog, the Cirneco dell’Etna (cheer-NAY-koh-dehl-eht-nah), the Bergamasco and the Boerboel (BUHR’-buhl) as of Jan. 1.

They’ll get the chance to compete in many AKC dog shows in 2015, but will have to wait until 2016 to make an appearance in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Show, which takes place in February.

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