Small Dogs Gaining Popularity
New American Kennel Club (AKC) data for 2005 show that small dogs are getting big respect. Labs and retreivers are still the number one and two most popular purebred, but the registration numbers for retrievers declined while Yorkshire terriers gained 9% to reach the number three spot (Pets: My Little Puppy, by Elise Soukup, Newsweek, Feb. 20, 2006).
Small dogs featured prominently at the Westminster Kennel Club Show, apparently behaving better than the people, as reported by David Segal in the Washington Post (Humans Unleashed, Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2006).
And the Financial Times recently reported on the rising popularity of 'designer' dogs in Australia, where the popular Labradoodle (Labrador x Poodle) was developed in the 1970s to create a non-allergenic service dog. Currently, most of the popular crossbreed canines are small, including bichoodles, schnoodles, spoodles, roodles, shih-poos, and puggles (Pug x Jack Russell), and come at a premium price even compared to purebreds ('All the Rage in Australia,' by Rebecca Tse, Financial Times, Oct 22, 2005).
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