The top 10 most popular breeds of dogs

9 03 2011

This entry into the fascinating world of my mind is written by a special guest author.  You have read her work before and she was due to make an appearance to save you all from the drivel that pours from my fingers.  She can be thanked personally and accepts cash and personal checks and even direct deposits into her investment funds(yes she has an investment broker but that’s another story).

The she I refer to of course is my lovely and talented daughter, Sydney.  You will recall that Sydney’s contributions include articles on the History of the Golden Retriever, 12 months of me and a book review of the Tail of Two Kitties, all of which have some of my highest hits(# of people who read my crap).  Not only is she a talented author and curious mind(I wonder where she gets that from) but she is gaining a twisted sense of humor (again, where?) and is frequently a consultant to my own writing like the Puxamahomey one.  Mostly she is the vision of  love, a huge inspiration to me and undeniable proof that there is a God and He is good.

Once again we find ourselves in the science fair season.  Sydney’s never ending thirst for knowledge led her down the path of popularity this year, popularity of dog breeds.  Yup, she loves her puppies and wondered about others.  So on with the show:

proudly displaying the finished project

The Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

by Sydney P.

1. Labrador Retriever.  This breed is not just a gun dog, it is a gentle, fun loving breed.  Labrador Retrievers are the whole package.  They have a gentle and outgoing nature.  They are good with kids and are known for their amazing “otter tails”.  Labrador Retrievers enjoy mud baths so have a lot of shampoo on hand.  They are large dogs.  Country of Origin: Newfoundland. Height:21-25 inches.  Weight: 59-132lbs.  Lifespan: 10-12 years.

2. Golden Retrievers (of course).  Goldens are the second most popular breed of dogs.  They are intelligent, useful, hunters, family pets, show dogs, friendly, gentle, good natured, loving and make good guide dogs.  Goldens are terrific with kids and babies.  They are big sweeties and shed a lot.  They are medium to large dogs.  Country of Origin: Scotland.  Height: 21-24 inches.  Weight: 55-75lbs.  Lifespan: 10-12 years.

3. German Shepherds.  German Shepherds are extremely intelligent.  They are friendly and loyal and quite amazing protectors.  German Shepherds are trained to fill many protections roles as police dogs, drug dogs and rescue dogs.  German Shepherds need lots of exercise.  Country of Origin: Germany.  Height: 22-26 inches. Weight: 49-88lbs.  Lifespan: 10-12 years.

4. Dachshound.  Dachshounds look like wiener dogs and they are.  They don’t eat a lot and are small dogs, short and long.  They are intelligent and loyal.  This breed is over 300  years old and wa also called a badger hound.  Country of origin: Germany.  Height: 7-10 inches.  Weight: 9-11 lbs.  Lifespan: 10-15 years.

5. Beagle.  Snoopy from the comic strip Peanuts brought this breed fame.  He was the dog of Charlie Brown.  America’s favorite sad sack.  Originally this was a type of fox hound.  Shiloh is a beagle, shouldn’t he have some respect?  Shiloh has his own book.  Beagles are medium sized dogs.  Country of origin:  Great Britain.  Height: 13-16 inches.  Weight: 20-25lbs. Lifespan: 9-15 years.

my two big sweeties Lucy and Sam

6. Poodle.  Poodles are the national Dog of France.  They are also popular in the USA.  Poodles are hunting dogs and show dogs and are known for their characteristically bad hair cuts.  Poodles are active, barky and playful.  Country of origin: France/Germany.  Height: 10-18 inches.  Weight: 50-55 lbs.  Lifespan: 12-15 years.

7. Chihuaha.  Taco Bell and Beverly Hills Chihuahua the movie (bravo Papi and Chloe) have brought this breed a lot of attention.  Chihuahuas are amazing, active and entertaining.  It’s a shame they are not more popular.  Country of origin: Mexico.  Height: 6-9 inches.  Weight: 5-6 lbs.  Lifespan: 12-15 years.

8. Rottweiler.  Rottweilers are big dogs.  They are known to protect and can be trained to guard.  Rottweiler does not mean “rotten or evil”.  Rottweilers are massive and confident dogs.  Country of origin: Germany.  Height: 23-27 inches.  Weight: 85-130 lbs.  Lifespan: 10-12 years.

9. Yorkshire Terrier.  Yorkshire Terriers need to be properly groomed or they look like big fur balls.  Old women usually carry these dogs in their purses.  Yorkshire Terriers are small dogs.  Country of origin: Great Britain.  Height 6-7 inches.  Weight: up to 7 lbs.  Lifespan: 9-15 years.

10. Boxer.  The Boxer is an alert guard dog.  When Boxers aren’t working they are playful and good with children.  The Boxer is happy, high spirited and very intelligent.  Country of origin: Germany.  Height: 21-25 inches.  Weight: 55-60.  Lifespan: 10-12 years.

(editors note.  Dogs height is measured at their shoulders and their weight is measured at…wait for it…a scale, duh.  Breed information is based on averages found at the AKC)

Here are some fun facts about dogs.  Grapes, raisins, chocolate, Macadamia Nuts, cooked onions and anything with caffeine can be harmful to dogs.  The of the dog on the Cracker Jacks box is Bingo, the Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescue dog named Gidget.  The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake and females are Molly and Maggie.  The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club was founded in 1884.  All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel like animal called a Miacis which dwelled in trees.

To complete my project  I did the following:  Researched, rewrote, found pictures, typed, printed and pasted.  I used the internet, books, Microsoft Word, brains, pictures, spray mount, constuction paper and display board.

What I learned while doing this project.  Some people have no taste in dogs.  Shiloh gets no credit for being a beagle.  Germany breeds a lot of dogs.  Most dogs live 10-15 years.  Poodles were breed to be hunting dogs, what went wrong?

the author

Well I hope you enjoyed Sydney’s project and came away with a new knowledge about dog breeds.  When she is not writing riveting research papers on dogs she is an aspiring Pirate Cheerleader complete with eye patch and foam sword (actually she borrowed those from…oh never mind).  Sydney is an excellent student and is excelling in her studies.  In her free time she enjoys sailing, bowling, helping out in the kitchen, chess club, sodouko club and crafts.

Sydney’s next project that she has agreed to chronicle will be an adventure in boat building.  She will be working side by side with her incredibly handsome, strong and wise daddy rebuilding her very own sailboat that she received for Christmas.  It is a nice older boat made possible by the friendly folks at Saginaw Bay Community Sailing ( and has attracted the interest of a few sailing websites as a contributor about growing family interest in our sport.  Stay tuned.




11 responses

9 03 2011

Beagles are great dogs, as long as you don’t mind a smaller sized dog. Some people prefer larger breeds but if size doesnt matter to you then beagles are great

9 03 2011
Dale Lieffers

I always loved my Beagles. Three named Sniff, and one named Dabbs. Very loyal, but not too smart. Or were they smarter than I think? Did you let her stay up to watch the Kennel Club dog show?

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10 03 2011

That was a wonderful review and could prove helpful for someone searching for that perfect new pooch. The only discrepency I had was with the Yorkie review. I have Stan, my sweet baby man yorkie and when he was a baby I did buy him a man bag (purse) to ride around in. Stan never liked his man bag and I ended up always stuffing him into my jacket to sneak him into places. As far as Yorkies hanging out with old women, I’ll give you that. It gives us old chicks the feeling of taking care of a baby without having to change the diapers. They are loving, loyal, playful and the cutest things ever! I will always have one! Sheepdogs rock too!

10 03 2011


I don’t believe Sydney was referring to people our age when she wrote “old women”, I am not that old anyway. she loves her puppies and really enjoys these projects and its nice to see her personality come through in the form of humor.

thanks for reading

10 03 2011
Stacey Wistehuff

Say thanks to Sydney, We have been down to one dog for over a year now and I still miss my Shiloh who died at age 13. She was really happy untill about the last 6 or 8 weeks of her life. Labrador Retrievers really are the whole package, your daughter nailed it! Nice info about the other dogs.

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