The American Kennel Club released its rankings of the nation's most popular purebred dogs in 2015. The rankings were based on the number of puppies and other newly registered dogs.
So how did the rankings turn out? Here are the top 10 breeds of 2015:
Indeed, these are all incredible dogs to own, but if you're thinking of adding a pet to your family, you might want to acquire these breeds (or any other breed for that matter) through means of rescue or adoption.
While 46.3 million U.S. households own dogs, there are a staggering 10 million pets who end up in shelters annually. Some of these pets are lost, some have been abandoned, some are rescued from situations of abuse, and some never had a home to begin with. While many seek to combat this issue by neutering their pets and providing proper identification for their animals, this doesn't help the millions of animals that are euthanized each year because they haven't found their forever home. But that's where you come in.
When you rescue dogs from local pet hospitals, shelters, and humane organizations, you're not only getting a pet, but you're saving a life and acquiring a companion that will appreciate every moment of its existence.
There are many benefits of adopting or rescuing a dog. Firstly, most dogs come vetted, meaning they have visited a veterinary practice's veterinary technicians and received all the necessary shots, medical procedures, and treatments, often including pet grooming. This means that rescue dogs are ready to take home with adequate pet health care and few complications. And while many dogs might require training or housebreaking, many older dogs are already accustomed with training practices, and will have an easy transition into your household.
So how do you adopt? Talk to your local pet hospital. They will lead you to reputable adoption agencies and will help you find the forever friend of your dreams. There are many rescue associations that are even breed specific. So if you have your eye on a Labrador Retriever, chances are you'll be able to rescue one!