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Top 10 Most Popular Dogs in the United States

What is the most popular dog in the United States? Here’s the top 10.

The American Kennel Club released its list of the most popular dogs in the U.S., and
while many breeds retained their ranks, there were a few changes this year. The
ever-popular Labrador Retriever remains top dog among Americans and has
retained its rightful position as the most popular dog in the United States for
another year in a row. A few notable breeds have been knocked off their pedestals
this year and are no longer in the top 10 most popular breeds; including the Boxer
and Dachshund. In their place, two breeds have worked their way into the top 10 —
the French Bulldog and the German Shorthaired Pointer.

Is your dog one of the 10 most popular breeds in the U.S.? Check the list below to
find out:

1. Labrador Retrievers

Step aside Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock, America has a new sweetheart — the
Labrador Retriever. The most popular dog breed in the United States, Labrador
Retrievers are known for glistening yellow, glossy black, and luscious brown coats.
These pups are social butterflies and usually have no issues making new friends —
human or dog! In the past, these dogs were bred to assist fishermen with their work.
Now, these dogs are also used for hunting, search and rescue, and as assistance
dogs. With energetic, loving personalities and an always wagging tail to match, it’s no wonder Labrador Retrievers rank number one out of the top 10 most popular dogs!

2. German Shepherds

German Shepherds are a fan favorite thanks to their loyalty, intelligence, and loving
personalities. Not only can this breed be great for families, but they’re also
incredibly dedicated working dogs. They’re often used on police forces, as assistance
dogs, and search and rescue teams. With long, thick black and brown coats, German
Shepherds leave their mark on the world by leaving tufts of hair wherever they go.
Brushing is a must with this furry breed!

3. Golden Retrievers

The Golden Retriever has been among the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the
U.S. for years, and it’s easy to see why. With a thick, luxurious coat that gives the
breed its name, these dogs are easygoing, energetic, and very loving, which makes
them perfect for families. With a broad head and soft eyes, it’s hard not to fall in love
with these furry friends!

4. French Bulldogs

One of the more rare breeds on the top 10 list, French Bulldogs were created to be a
mini version of the regular Bulldog. With their signature bat-ears and small but still
muscular body, French Bulldogs continue to steal our hearts with their easygoing
and fun personalities. Similar to their bigger counterparts, French Bulldogs do enjoy
playing, but they are also equally happy spending the day snuggled up on the
couch.

5. Bulldogs

With highly distinguishable features, Bulldogs stand out of the crowd with their
famously wrinkly faces, pushed-in noses, and hanging chops on the sides of their
mouths. Their iconic and expressive features have propelled the Bulldog to appear
among some of the biggest college mascots and famous cartoons. Despite their
somewhat fierce appearance, Bulldogs make adorable and loving pets.

6. Beagles

With big, floppy ears that droop low over its head, Beagles continue to make
America melt with their sweet faces and curious nature. Beagles are known for
being compact and sturdy. They let their noses guide them through life, as they
were once bred primarily for hunting purposes. Due to this heritage, if they catch
onto a new scent, they may occasionally try to bring you along on a walk.
Cheerful and affectionate, beagles are great companions to other animals and
children — putting them high on the list for the most popular dog in the United
States.

7. Poodles

Forget movie and cartoon stereotypes — poodles are far from snobs! Poodles may
embody the glitz and glamour of the dog show world, but don’t be fooled. They were
initially bred to work. Today, poodles still carry many characteristics of their hard-
working ancestors. This breed is intelligent, friendly, and loving, which makes them
perfect for families that can keep them entertained and active. Known for fluffy
coats and signature hairdos, regal-looking poodles are playful, goofy, and
nonallergenic, earning them the title of one of America’s most popular dog breeds.

8. Rottweilers

With a broad chest and a muscular body, a Rottweiler’s appearance can be
deceiving as they can be the biggest teddy bears and great cuddlers. Rotties can be
very protective of their families, but a well-trained dog will be calm and even a little
aloof toward strangers. Intelligent and energetic, this breed thrives in families that
can give them the attention and love they need.

9. German Shorthaired Pointers

The German Shorthaired Pointer is not just a great hunting partner; they also make
fun and loving family dogs. With a short, dense coat that comes in a beautiful
combination of brown, black, and white, German Shorthaired Pointers steal hearts
with their floppy ears and enthusiastic personalities. This breed is incredibly
intelligent and active, but they don’t need to be running after game to burn energy.
German Shorthaired Pointers are perfect walking or running companions and will
always happily trot alongside you.

10. Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers are the definition of fitting a whole lot of fun into one tiny package.
These popular lap dogs may be small, but they have big personalities and are feisty,
loving, and occasionally a little bossy. With long hair in shades of steel blue and tan,
these pups fit perfectly into stylish totes. Yorkies will always be great companions
and conversation-starters whenever you’re out and about.

While all dogs are good dogs, some breeds are more popular in the U.S. for their
various characteristics and signature looks. However, no matter the breed, any dog
can be a great addition to the family when given lots of love, training, and plenty of
pets on the head and belly rubs!. Interested in a little dog breed trivia? Pop on over
to this American Kennel Club’s quiz on the most popular breeds.

Is your Pet a Healthy Weight?

shutterstock_34701850“An estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese,” according to petobesityprevention.org.  This number is way too high and being the ones responsible for them, we can do MUCH better for our pets.  The first week of October is National Walk your Dog Week, finishing up that first week of the month celebrating National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.  Pet obesity is as large of a problem as human obesity in the United States. While there is some information provided here, it is highly recommended that you contact a veterinarian at one of our valley AZPetVet locations to discuss your pet’s weight and diet.

A few things that could lead to pet obesity include:

1)      Lack of our interaction and exercise – Sure, your pup can run around your backyard while you are busy, but will they?  Probably not.  Rather, they will probably nap until you get home and then wait patiently for you to come out and throw the ball or take them for a walk. With kids, work, and life in general…this sometimes doesn’t happen.

2)      The food we are feeding them could be heavy with preservatives and “fillers,” not enough of the ingredients that actually hold nutritional value.

3)      Early sign of a more serious medical problem.

4)      And…interestingly, the article petobesityprevention.org identifies that owners of obese pets often do not even recognize that their pet is obese.

So don’t wait; make your appointment for a wellness exam today!

Additionally, some of the issues your pet could face due to being overweight:

1)      Type 2 Diabetes

2)      Osteoarthritis

3)      High Blood Pressure

4)      Various forms of cancer

Suggestions for helping combat the problem?

1)      Take a look at the food you are giving them and talk with your vet about it.

2)      Add that extra trip around the block on the morning or evening walk.

3)      Buy a new toy that keeps their interest (and yours since you’re likely the source of throwing it!)

4)      Adopt a second cat or dog to keep your pet busy and active throughout the day.

Pet obesity in most cases is preventable and treatable. Use this National Walk your Dog week to really focus on spending more time with your pet doing high energy activity – fetch, a walk, or a perhaps a trip or two to the dog park!

Source: http://www.petobesityprevention.org; https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/default.aspx

National Cat Day – Oct. 29th

shutterstock_116906134Every year we recognize our feline friends and the personality they bring to our homes.  In celebration of this pet holiday, NationalCatDay.com shares with us ways to celebrate our cats and make this day special for them:

 

  • Adopt a cat from your local shelter or cat rescue.
  • Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.
  • Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to play with some cats available for adoption, clean cages and litter boxes or anything else they need help with.
  • Bake some cat shaped cookies for your kids, friends or office and bake some tuna cookies for your cat.
  • Spend the day taking photos of your cat and posting them on the National Cat Day Facebook page.
  • Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by cleaning their cat’s litter box and playing with their cat.
  • Buy your cat a fun new toy….condo, bed or treats!
  • Give your cat some fun exercise by putting up some walls shelves specifically for him/her.
  • Make a window perch for your cat to lay in the sun.
  • Brush your cat to eliminate excess fur and hairballs.
  • Buy your cat a collar and tag with your name and number, just in case they get outside and happen to become lost.
  • Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.
  • Have a National Cat Day party and invite all your friends and their cats!

 

There are some great suggestions here!  Chances are, you already make your cat feel special from day to day, but trying even just one recommendation on the list will make them feel the love that much more.  Happy National Cat Day from our AZPetVet family to yours!

 

Source: http://www.nationalcatday.com

Not Just Cats and Dogs

shutterstock_96136379At AZPetVet, we are known for the care we provide to cats and dogs, but did you know that at some of our locations we care for other animals too?  Well, we do!  Within our network of hospitals we provide services to a myriad of pets, including reptiles (bearded dragons are so cool!), birds, rabbits, ferrets and pocket pets (guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils to name a few), and exotics at some of our locations.

With more than 80 (EIGHTY!) doctors in our family of animal hospitals, the range of knowledge, experience, and quality of care our teams provide at our 18 valley locations is just part of what makes AZPetVet a great partner of choice to work with you in providing the best care possible.

National Veterinary Technician Week

shutterstock_120247687This past week we celebrated National Veterinary Technician Week.  It was created in 1993 and is celebrated every year during the third week of October.  This is a holiday that is near and dear to our hearts at each of our hospital locations, as the AZPetVet family values our veterinary technicians beyond words.  They spend their time working with our sweet, furry clients and are often times tasked to do things that are nowhere near glamorous.  So thank you, techs!  We appreciate you and your commitment to our AZPetVet family of both colleagues and clients!

If you are interested in becoming a veterinary technician, some of the duties to look forward to might include:

  • Assist doctors and team members with treatment of animals seen in the exam rooms, as well as those being hospitalized for treatments or surgery.
  • Have the ability to do blood draws, place IV catheters, give injections and vaccines, SQ fluids, express anal glands, clipping and scrubbing wounds, and provide restraint when needed.
  • Position animals and have the ability to take and process radiographs.
  • Perform laboratory procedures such as blood draws, fecal floats, urinalysis, heartworm tests, and parvo tests.
  • Support the doctors prepping for surgery, wrapping packs, autoclaving and sterilizing surgical materials, and assisting in surgeries and dental cleanings; assist with monitoring vital signs on all patients.
  • Assist with euthanasia.

In the state of Arizona to become a certified veterinary technician you must graduate from a minimum two year AVMA accredited program in veterinary technology and pass a national and a state veterinary technician examination.

If you have any questions about becoming a technician or are already a certified technician looking for current employment, we are always looking for team members with the right attitude to join our family!  And with 18 locations and growing, we have opportunities across the valley.  Visit our careers page on our website (www.arizonapetvet.com/careers) for more information.

Source: https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/StateAndLocal/Documents/scope_vet_assistant_duties.pdf