The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) conducted a National Pet Owners Survey which revealed that there are approximately 77.5 million dogs owned in the U.S.! On average, owners have two dogs, the proportion of male to female dogs being equal. From the list of America's most popular breeds, we feature the five best dogs for Southerners. The top dogs for Southerners are mainly pure breeds — dogs bred for particular physical and mental characteristics. They include:
Labrador Retriever: Among the best dogs for Southerners, the number one most popular and preferred dog is the Labrador Retriever. This people-oriented dog is classified as a sporting breed, but given its versatile nature it is now famous for being a companion and working dog. Labrador Retrievers are friendly, sturdy, active, handsome, and athletic. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), it is the most popular breed of dog in the U. S. Depending on color variations, Labs can be black, yellow, or chocolate. Originating from Canada, Labrador Retrievers were once used to retrieve fish. Labs now perform all sorts of duties, from assisting police to working with the blind. Being intelligent and responsive, Labs are some of the easiest dogs to train. Labs need regular exercise and weekly grooming.
German Shepherd: The German Shepherd is a robust dog originally used for herding livestock on the ranches and farms of Southerners. As the name suggests, this breed originates from Germany. Their intelligence, strength, and endurance, coupled with their protective nature, makes German Shepherds excellent guard dogs. They are often used for search-and-rescue operations. They make for wonderful family pets. German Shepherds come in white and black or in a combination of both. A weekly brushing is all you need to keep them groomed.
Beagle: One of the best dogs for Southerners is the Beagle with its remarkable long ears and fine muscular breed. Beagles are joyful, curious, and playful with their owners. Most beagles come in white, black, and in varying degrees of tan with different colored markings. Brushing a Beagle's coat once a week keeps it shiny and healthy.
Golden Retriever: Another sporting breed and a favorite dog for Southerners is the Golden Retriever. These medium-sized muscular dogs have a great amount of stamina. They are descendants of Labrador Retrievers and Setters. Golden Retrievers are even-tempered, accommodating, adaptable, eager to please, and fast learners. Their glossy coats are usually wavy and range from cream to golden-red. Weekly bathing and brushing will keep a Golden Retriever's coat in great shape.
Yorkshire Terrier: AYorkshire terrier with its compact proportions and silky coat makes a great playmate. Technically a "toy" breed, terriers are hunters by temperament. Terries come in mixed tans and blue colors. Despite their small size, they are courageous and readily face animals bigger than themselves. Terriers need to be groomed daily to prevent their coats from matting.
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