The Empire Wags Back or The Return of the Bulldog

The American Kennel Club recently published its list of top 10 dog breeds in the country. They made a big deal about the fact that the bulldog has “muscled” its way back onto the list (at #10) for the first time in 75 years, but I think the bigger deal is #1.

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Yorkshire Terrier

3. German Shepherd Dog

4. Golden Retriever

5. Beagle

6. Boxer

7. Dachshund

8. Poodle

9. Shih Tzu

10. Bulldog

It’s not that the Labrador isn’t a popular dog. It’s that the Lab has been #1 for 17 years. This shocked me for a moment, and then I realized that the Labrador is just the Lab. Not the Black Lab, and not the Yellow Lab. Just the Lab. I think that’s a little unfair to the other breeds of dog, especially the Golden Retriever. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve owned both a Black Lab and a Golden Retriever at various times of my life, and once at the same time.

But to present the Labrador Retriever as the superior retriever despite the fact that there are Black and Yellow Labs (and Chocolate too) is a little irresponsible. You’ve got to wonder where the Black and Yellow varieties would place on their own.

Reading further down the article, this jumped out at me.

Other small dogs (under 20 lbs.) that have gained popularity in the past decade include the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (+406%), the French Bulldog (+404%) and the Brussels Griffon (+157%).

My initial impulse is to wonder what the fuck a Brussels Griffon is, so I did a Google image search and determined that I might actually want one. I mean, who wouldn’t want a dog…

…that looks like one of these?

I’m still a Golden Retriever person, even if it (possibly) is less popular than a Lab. But a Brussels Griffon might be kinda cool to have around, especially if I need to take on the Empire.

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