I am popular, really, I am

Maddee on the beach in Seaside, Ore., in 2010.

Sure you are Maddee. You can argue that you come from a line of popular breed of dogs. As an F1b Goldendoodle, she is a mix between a full-bred Poodle and an F1 Goldendoodle (an equal mix of Poodle and Golden Retriever). So there you have it. She can lay claim to pooch breed popularity Nos. 3 and 8.

Maddee in the backyard, summer of 2012.
Maddee begging for a treat in the summer of 2012.

Labrador Retrievers’ friendliness, intelligence and love of physical activity helped make it the most popular dog in America for the last two decades, according to American Kennel Club data released last week. Labrador retrievers are widely used as search and rescue, guide, therapy and service dogs, and they’re also perfect for active, outdoors-loving families with children, said club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson.

Labrador retrievers (22 years), cocker spaniels (23) and poodles (22) have been the most popular purebred dog breeds in the United States for a total of 67 of the 128 years the AKC has been counting.

Most popular breeds of 2012, according to the American Kennel Club

1) Labrador Retrievers

2) German Shepherd Dogs

3) Golden Retrievers

4) Beagles

5) Bulldogs

6) Yorkshire Terriers

7) Boxers

8) Poodles

9) Rottweilers

10) Dachshunds

Most Notable Dog Trends in 2012:

Mastiff-type breeds have risen in rank, with the Mastiff going from 34 to 26 and the Bullmastiff from 47 to 39 over the past decade, and the Cane Corso (67 to 60), Neapolitan Mastiff (116 to 112), and Dogue de Bordeaux (69 to 67) all making gains since the year they became recognized.

“Bully” breeds have pawed their way into people’s hearts over the past decade with the Bull Terrier (79 to 51), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (91 to 76), and Miniature Bull Terrier (132 to 126) all making strong gains.

Dog owners are showing their love for Sporting Breeds over this past year as the Spinone Italiano (123 to 114), Boykin Spaniel (138 to 116), and Welsh Springer Spaniel (130 to 125) have all made their way up the list.

Small dogs that are on the rise this year are the Havanese (31 to 28) and Affenpinscher (139 to 138), while the Chihuahua (14 to 18), Pomeranian (17 to 19), and Pug (26 to 30) seem to have fallen out of favor.

Maddee: Your lack of AKC breed recognition aside, you are still the most popular breed in this Longbranch, Wash., homestead.

Taking a doodle-nap on the deck this past summer.

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