Many soon to be pet owners often scour animal shelters for their next family member will usually make the choice based on the breed rather than any other factor. The public’s perception of the breed and what the dog looks like has the biggest influence on adopters’ choice, and this has been confirmed every year as AKC releases lists of America’s most popular and adoptable dogs.
In 2017, the Labrador Retriever once again has taken the first stop with German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers coming very close behind. Unsurprisingly, the “black dog syndrome” (black dogs are less likely to get adopted) is still in effect, with only two breeds that are commonly black – Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers – found anywhere close to the top of the list.
Experts say that these rankings lists usually reflect the times we live in, and breeds that are perceived as the most friendly are oftentimes more likely to be adopted. Most future pet owners want a dog who will cuddle with them and will become a trusty companion whom they can spend time with. Labrador Retriever has always hit those marks of the friendliness and obedience factors, and it’s unlikely this breed will leave the top position anytime soon.
Top Dog Tips has put together an infographic for America’s Most Popular Dogs today to show the rankings of each breed has changed over the last year – which ones have gone down in popularity, and who’s slowly climbing up. Here’s a small part of it. See full list here.
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