Almost everyone that owns a dog thinks theirs is the best!  It's amazing, but the same breed has topped the coveted American Kennel Club's Top Dog List of 2012 and has won  for the last 21 years straight!  Curious if you own this breed?

My dog of choice is a Schnauzer, I've owned them for years, mostly because I'm allergic to almost every other breed.  But, that doesn't stop me from petting ALL dogs, which makes running on Duluth's Lakewalk a bit of a challenge.

Congrats to those that own a Labrador Retriever.  The top the list for the year 2012.  Others on that list include, poodles, boxers and rottweilers.  The Labrador Retriever has held the top spot for the past 21 years-in a row!  Prior to that, the poodle, claiming their fame from 1960-1982.

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.