It’s a doggone tragedy! For the first time since 1985, Dachshunds are not in the top 10 for the list of most popular breeds of dogs.
It’s not because of a lack of love for the ergonomically incorrect canine, but it’s because the mushed-face bulldog has gained in popularity. Labrador retrievers still set the record for being the most popular dog around, having been on the number one spot for the past 24 years, but the French Bulldog sneaked its way into the top 10, and that unseated the wiener dog.
Dachshunds have dropped to number 11 in the list as the favorite dog in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club, which has kept these lists for nearly a century.
Poodles were the favorite for decades, but in 2013, the lovable Lab took the number one spot, according to the stats released last week. Just regular bulldogs have raised in pup-ularity to the Number 4 spot, but their bat-eared cousins, the French Bulldogs swaggered up to the top 10 for the first time. Quel dommage!
The rest of the list is as expected: German shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and then the Boxers, Yorkshire Terriers and Rottweilers (yes, Rottweilers) somehow beat out the cute Dachshunds. Of course, the AKC numbers reflect puppies and other newly registered dogs, and animal rights activists criticize the AKC for drawing attention to specific breeds because it ignores the mixed-breed dogs, and fuels an interest in puppy mills.
Dachshunds were number 8 in 2009, and are not divided up by mini-Dachshund or tweenies or long-hairs. The breed will not keep their head in the ground. It was officially recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1885.
Of course, those of us in-the-know, will always rank our Dachshunds in the top 10 all the time.
THE TOP 10 FOR 2014:
1) Labrador retriever
2) German shepherd
3) Golden retriever
6) Yorkshire terrier
9) French bulldog
HOW THE LINEUP CHANGED:
The French bulldog entered the top 10 for the first time since the decade of the 1910s (the breed was ranked 11th in 2013). The Dachshund dropped out; it was number 10 in 2013.
BREEDS ON THE MOVE:
The Havanese jumped from 52nd in 2004 to 25th last year, while the border collie rose from 60th to 39th. Meanwhile, the wirehaired pointing griffon rose from 112th to 74th.
See the entire miserable list here: http://www.akc.org/news/the-most-popular-dog-breeds-in-america/
And, if you had any doubt, check out the photo gallery and video of Dachshunds.