BY 2015, the most popular dog breed in the US was the Labrador retriever. This dog breed had, by 2015, maintained the number one position as the most popular dog breed for the last 25 years .This is according to the American Kennel Association in its annual ranking of dog breed popularity for that year.
However, the Beagle has been the most consistently popular dog breed since 1935. As a matter of fact; it has never dropped below position 9 since 1935.
What makes the Labrador retriever so popular with Americans?
There are many reasons why Americans love the Labrador retriever. Some of the most compelling include:
-They are very smart hunt small waterfowl for the purpose of hunting small downed waterfowl. However, they are today used to lead the blind, do police and military work, and can also act as hearing dogs.
– They are less expensive to maintain
The Labrador retriever does not require regular trips to the groomers, which can be quite expensive. A few visits to the groomers every year are enough to help maintain its pristine appearance.
-They grow fast very fast
This dog breed grows very fast, reaching 24 inches in one year. If you like a dog that grows fat, the Labrador retriever is your best choice.
– They are very good with kids
This dog breed is sweet and kind and is known to love kids. This means that they are the best dog breed for families with young kids.
-They live for a long time
This dog breed has an average life span of 12 years. You can therefore expect to enjoy your pet for at least 10 years if you take good care of him.
-They are great as watchdogs
Labrador retrievers are wonderful watchdogs. This means that when you own one of these dogs, you will always sleep peacefully. They will always alert you anytime someone tries to break into your home.
-They adapt easily
This breed of dogs can adapt easily to any kind of weather. This means that you need not get worried if you are relocating to a city that has a different kind of weather; your pet will adopt quite easily.
-They don’t do a lot of barking
Some dog breeds are known to bark constantly and can easily irritate you. However, Labrador retrievers only bark occasionally and you can therefore enjoy peaceful moments every time you are home.
-They are big in size
If you love a big dog, you can choose this dog breed because they can grow quite big. In fact the males of this breed can weigh from 65 to 80 pounds, and grow up to 25 inches. On the other hand, females can weigh from 55 to 70 pounds and reach 24 inches.
-They are very friendly
Labrador retrievers are very friendly. They are gentle, loving, and affectionate, and are always ready and willing to become your best friend and companion.
-They cost you less in terms of health care
Health care for this dog breed is relatively lower compared to other large dog breeds such as Great Danes and Rottweiler.
-They are good hunters
This breed is popular with hunters because it is naturally inclined to retrieve game.
-They get along with other dogs
You don’t need to get worried that you pet will behave aggressively towards other dogs. This is because Labrador retrievers are naturally friendly, playful, social, as well as energetic.
These are some of the most compelling reasons why Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the US.