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AKC Announces Most Popular Dog Breed in America

This breed has held the top spot for 28 consecutive years.

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The labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed in the U.S. for the 28th year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced.

“The Labrador Retriever shows no signs of giving up the top spot anytime soon,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “Labs make wonderful companions for a wide variety of people, and for good reason. The breed is very intelligent, friendly and great with children.”

While the Labrador retriever continues its reign at the top, the German shorthaired pointer has been quietly climbing the charts over the past decade. This versatile, all-purpose hunter came in at No. 9 in 2018 – it’s highest position since becoming recognized in 1930.

“This jack of all trades in the pointer world has slowly but steadily risen in popularity over the years,” DiNardo said. “People continue to fall in love with its versatility, extreme intelligence and willingness to please.”

In addition to the country’s most popular, rare breeds were on the rise in 2018. Pumik rose 11 spots last year (162 to 151), Ibizan hounds rose 13 spots (165 to 152), and Finnish lapphunds rose 12 spots (173 to 161).

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Terriers also made a comeback after years on the decline. Rat terriers rose 11 spots (97 to 86), border terriers rose four spots (92 to 88), Bedlington terriers rose 10 spots (151 to 141) and Dandie Dinmont terriers rose six spots (182 to 176).

See below for AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds in 2018, along with the 2017 comparison:

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Video: Cat Surprises Airport Security After Stowing Away in Family’s Luggage

She apparently wanted to go to New York, too.

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A cat from the Isle of Man apparently decided that if her family was heading overseas for vacation, she was going too.

Candy was found in her owners’ carry-on luggage at the island’s airport, the BBC reports.

Nick Poole wrote on Facebook: “You know that feeling, when you get ushered into a side room at airport security because you’ve got a cat in your hand luggage.”

He added: “Fair play to airport security for helping to get her home so we could catch our flight.”

Nick and Voirrey Coole, who were bound for New York, didn’t face any repercussions for having the cat with them. Friends picked up the pet and took her home, Time magazine reports.

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Great Dane Puppy Born With Rare Green Color

The owner said the situation was ‘shocking.’

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A Great Dane puppy was born in Colorado with a highly unusual characteristic: She was green.

The pup, No. 8 in a litter of 9, came into the world on Oct. 14 WTNH-TV reports.

Caddy Williams, owner of the puppy’s mother, Ami, said the situation was “shocking.”

“Luckily, I had recently read an article about a green dog,” she said. “So at least I knew what was going on.”

Green puppies are thought to occur when biliverdin, a green pigment that is part of bile, comes into contact with light-colored fur, WTNH reports.

The resulting dye job lasts a few weeks and is harmless.

Williams named the dog Verdant.

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Dog Daycare Franchise to Serve 750 Employees on a Corporate Campus

It opened at Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford, MI.

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PHOENIX — The Dogtopia pet franchise has announced the unveiling of its first Dogtopia @ Work campus. The dog daycare and spa-only location is exclusive to the employees at Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford, MI, and will bring the company-subsidized dog daycare to its 750 employees.

With more than 100 locations across North America, the brand is “the fastest-growing provider of specialty dog daycare,” according to a press release. The Wolverine Worldwide dog daycare center is operated by franchisee Tim Parker, who also owns Dogtopia of Grand Rapids.

“Wolverine Worldwide’s employees asked, and the leadership team listened. Dog daycare was the top benefit request among its 750 workers. We’re thrilled to directly meet that need conveniently on site,” said Neil Gill, president and CEO of Dogtopia. “The corporate campus model makes perfect sense as companies seek to be pet-friendly without having to manage which dogs are current on vaccinations, remaining respectful to those with allergies and removing the risk associated with dogs of different sizes and temperaments in common areas together. This is a win-win as it provides these employees safe socialization, exercise and education for their dogs while providing Dogtopia a brand-new channel for us to share our quality daycare service.”

“It’s important for us to continue to invest in our workplace environment in a way that aligns with our values as an employer of choice, and enriches the daily experience and quality of life of our workforce,” said Blake W. Kreuger, Wolverine Worldwide Chairman, CEO, and President.

“We’re extremely excited to have Dogtopia’s presence and friendly staff at our global headquarters to provide pristine care for our employees’ pets while they help drive our business forward.”

 

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