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Labrador breed fetches Honolulu's heart

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:10 p.m. HST, Feb 04, 2013

The Labrador retriever is again the top dog in Hono­lulu, ousting the Chihuahua in the annual American Kennel Club's rankings of the most popular dog breeds.

The golden retriever and bulldog also entered the Hono­lulu top five in 2012, taking the second and third spots.

"Honolulu gave a welcoming aloha to large breeds in 2012," AKC spokes­woman Lisa Peterson said in a news release. "The Labrador retriever was the most popular breed and the golden retriever made a big jump from 12th to second. The smaller breeds such as the Chihuahua, Pomeranian and Yorkshire terrier dropped down on the list."

Rounding out the Hono­lulu top five were the German shepherd, which was also No. 4 last year, and the Chihuahua, which dropped down to fifth place.

The Labrador retriever is also the top dog nationally for the 22nd consecutive year, tying with the poodle for the longest reign in the top spot.

In other national rankings, the bulldog became the fifth most popular dog in the U.S., according to AKC registration statistics, bumping the tiny Yorkshire terrier into sixth place for the first time since 2003. The golden retriever overtook the beagle for third place, and Rott­wei­lers continued their climb up the top 10 list by taking ninth place away from the dachshund, both adding to the bigger-breed trend.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Some say the reason for high veterinarian costs are all the Lab reports and Cat scans.


on February 4,2013 | 07:05AM
aomohoa wrote:
I know it's not an official breed, but I think the Labradoodle will take over someday. They are the best dogs ever. Ours is so smart, and sweet and doesn't shed.
on February 4,2013 | 07:46AM
likewise wrote:
Doodles are fantastic dogs. That being said, they will not be recognized by the AKC because they are a mixed breed. My quibble is not a pure breed vs. mixed breed one. Mixie's make wonderful companions. It is that many mixed breed's are being sold for near pure breed prices. That is not right. But, buyers make their own choices.
on February 4,2013 | 11:13AM
aomohoa wrote:
They are working on recognizing them. Many pure bred's started from two breeds being mixed.
on February 4,2013 | 04:10PM
likewise wrote:
Yes, absolutely! It does take time. I'm not saying Doodles are not worthy, just at the beginning of their journey and I think sometimes people are being taken adventage of, cost wise. But again, we all make our choices when we are standing their looking at our prospective new additions to our families. If labrador retrievers where not yet "recognized' by the AKC we would not have cared. We just knew that she was supposed to be with us. I heard somewhere that if human life would end completely and dogs were left to evolve or not, survival of the fittest as it were, they would revert back to their primal wolf selves very quickly. The evolution of canine life is a fascinating subject. Amazing creatures. New breed's will always capture the fascination and devotion of canine fans.
on February 4,2013 | 05:44PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
My friend has a black Portuguese Water Dog named Malasada. I keep telling him that that name is just wrong. He is a great dog though, known to slip into the pool for a quick dip.
on February 4,2013 | 08:37AM
primo1 wrote:
So glad the chihuahua is no longer top breed here...that was embarrassing.
on February 4,2013 | 10:05AM
rayhawaii wrote:
German Shepherd the smartest dog in the world. May not be the number one favorite but the smartest. Plus people are afraid of hip problems. The problems with dogs getting hip problems is the wrong diet and the dog cooped up all day not getting exercise. A balance dog food diet helps the dog's bones to grow properly and some people think chicken and eggs a high protein diet, that equals hip problems. Never even had hip problems my GS.
on February 4,2013 | 11:19AM
Chiquit wrote:
Labradors are the best all around dogs EVER!!! My boy is so happy, healthy, fun, loyal, fun, and so darn smart! You can talk to him like a human and he knows EVERYTHING you said. Labs are no ka oi!!
on February 4,2013 | 01:56PM
aomohoa wrote:
That's the way my doodle is.
on February 4,2013 | 03:24PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
My wife's Mom is almost that good.
on February 4,2013 | 04:33PM
zhawaii wrote:
No bounty hunters on the list???? ; )
on February 4,2013 | 02:42PM
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