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For some reason, humans are obsessed with the AKC’s list of most popular dog breeds. They love to see which breeds earn the top spots, and sometimes, it even helps them choose a breed for themselves. However, posting a list of popular breeds isn’t as innocent as it seems. Oftentimes, it results in more of these breeds getting hurt and abandoned.
What is the AKC Popular Dog List?
Every year, based on registration statistics, the AKC releases a list of the most popular dog breeds. The recent list for 2020 got me thinking about how it really isn’t as exciting as you’d think.
Similarly to every other year, dogs like the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Golden Retriever have all earned top spots. Many people were also happy to see that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi made it into the top 10 too.
It seems harmless enough, like a list of popular baby names or most viewed movies, but it is so much more than that. When people see this list, the demand for these breeds increases.
Since these breeds are ranked so highly, many humans just assume they’re the best. They’ll do whatever it takes to get one of these beautiful purebred dogs.
How Does This Hurt Dogs?
A higher demand for these breeds also means a higher need for breeders. These breeds are very popular, so it’s easy for breeders to profit from this. So, this brings up the topic of puppy mills yet again.
Many humans only use these breeds to make a profit. So, if they see that they’re gaining popularity, they’ll likely breed them more, even if the care and condition requirements for the dogs isn’t met. For humans who are not careful about choosing a dog breeder, they could end up buying from a puppy mill without even knowing.
Even if people buy from a responsible breeder, they might just be doing it because they saw that breed was popular. If they don’t do enough research on the breed and they just buy a puppy for what the media described it as, they might realize that the breed actually isn’t a good fit for them. This would only add to the high number of dogs already in shelters and rescues.
Therefore, while the AKC’s popularity list might seem like a harmless statistic, it can have a lot of negative affects on dogs. More dogs will likely get hurt and put in shelters simply because of an increased demand for their breed.
How Can We Help?
If you want one of the popular breeds, that’s okay! Just make sure you don’t rush into it. Dogs are life-long family members, so we’re not meant to be some rushed decision. Please take time to consider all your options before bringing a new dog home, especially if they’re from a breeder.
Also, make sure you do plenty of research. While every dog is unique in their own way, there are definitely some common traits between dogs of the same breed. So, make sure you research the breed you want and learn about all their specific care requirements before bringing them home. Just because a breed is popular doesn’t mean they’re the right dog for you.
Of course, the best advice I can give is to adopt. Even if you want a popular breed, you can still find them at shelters and rescues if you look hard enough. I’ve never done a DNA test, but I’m pretty sure I’m a purebred Shih Tzu, yet I was still at a rescue. So, there are plenty of dogs out there that need homes, so please meet them before following some silly trend.
One list shouldn’t affect dogs so much, but sadly, that’s the world we live in. Please encourage dog lovers to adopt!
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