Saturday, June 13, 2009

American Kennel Club Top 10 Dogs

#1: Labrador Retriever
Intelligent and family-friendly Labrador retriever is the most popular breed in the United States for the 18th consecutive year, according to AKC. This breed is also used as guide dogs for the blind, rescue teams, and in narcotics detection. Regular grooming is needed and weighs between 55-70 pounds.

#2: Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers offer big personalities in a small package. They like to investigative and energetic. They have long coats that require regular brushing. Yorkshires travels well and makes a suitable pet for many homes. These dogs weigh around 4-7 pounds.

#3: German Shepherd
The German shepherd is the leading police, guard and military dog. This breed is a loyal family pet, herder and show competitor. Energetic and fun-loving, though is a protective dog. They require regular exercise and grooming. Weigh between 49-88 pounds. Click Here to Get "Your Total German Shepherd Dog, A Pet Owner's Guide Right Now"!

#4: Golden Retriever
The golden retriever possesses great intelligence and an eager-to-please attitude. She is a useful hunting companion, service and search-and-rescue dog. She has a water-repellent double coat that sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing. Weigh between 55-80 pounds.

#5: Beagle
A great hunting dog. Beagles are happy-go-lucky and friendly, making them a wonderful family pet. They are curious dogs and often follow their noses. A beagle needs daily activity. The average weight is 22-25 pounds.

#6: Boxer
The boxer is a powerful dog with an intelligent and alert expression. The boxer loves to be with people, though protective. He is an active dog that needs daily exercise. Weighs in at around 55 - 70 pounds

#7: Dachshund
The dachshund is a lovable, playful companion with a keen sense of smell. Known for their long and low bodies, they are eager hunters. Depending on the variety, they can weigh around 11-32 pounds.

#8: Bulldog
These dogs are popular due to their lovable and gentle dispositions. They have massive, short-faced heads and adorable wrinkles. A bulldog requires minimal grooming and exercise. An English Bulldog weighs between 49-55 pounds.

#9: Poodle
The poodle requires frequent grooming, though her coat is also hypoallergenic, which may reduce allergic reactions. The breed is exceptionally smart, hardy and excels in obedience training. The poodle comes in a variety of sizes from the Miniature Poodle to Standard Poodle. The larger dogs weigh between 45-75 pounds.

#10: Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu has a long, flowing double coat that needs daily brushing. Shih Tzu is sweet and playful, but not afraid to stand up for himself! A great companion and house pet. Weighing between 9-16 pounds and requires minimal exercise.

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