The New York Yankees, perhaps baseball’s most famous team, have won 27 championships. But there is another group even more successful. This year, the American Kennel Club chose Labrador Retrievers as the most popular breed for the 28thconsecutive year! (We have had two ourselves. Thank you Angus and Jake. Each of them made more catches in an afternoon than Willie Mays did in a week.) (see pictures of Labs below)
Why their popularity? Some reasons probably include their intelligence, friendliness, and being great with children. How many times have you seen a very young child pulling and poking a Lab who waits patiently for a pause in “playtime”? Are we as patient with a 2 year old?
Plus, 55% of Americans age 50 – 80 own pets who help them enjoy life, reduce stress, feel loved, give them a sense of purpose, stay physically active, and connect with other people.
And, finally, the AKC’s 10 most popular breeds for 2018 are: 1) Labrador Retriever, 2) German Shepherd, 3) Golden Retriever, 4) French Bulldog, 5) Bulldog, 6) Beagle, 7) Poodle, 8) Rottweiler, 9) German Shorthaired Pointer (a new high for this breed), 10) Yorkshire Terrier.