The Ten Most Popular Dogs [Infographic]

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This infographic has ten pictures of puppies. It also breaks down the top ten most popular dog breeds but there's ten pictures of puppies.

This infographic is excellent. From the opening pun 'breed bark-down' to the ten images of tiny, cute puppies you'd be forgiven for thinking this is all about style. Yet it has some important facts for each breed - when they shed, how often you need to groom, their life expectancy, how hard they are to train and their compatibility with children.

You can learn while you 'awwww'.

In first place comes the adorable Labrador Retriever, those angel-faced companions and noted casualty of the film Marley and Me (sorry, I had to). Running through the list, I was a little surprised to see German Shepherds at number two and my partner's personal fave, the Dachshund, all the way down in ninth place, but any place in the top ten is a good place.

Okay, while this infographic - which comes courtesy of American insurance firm Nationwide - is actually from last year, I couldn't resist posting it. The data may seem out of date or irrelevant for us down in Australia but actually there are a lot of similarities between this and the most popular breeds down under.

A recent survey by Dogs Victoria showed that the Labrador Retriever is definitely the number one Man's Best Friend, but Aussies were more fond of Border Collies and Rottweilers, coming in at eighth and ninth place, respectively, than we were of Dachshunds and Beagles.

Revel in the cuteness below.

Image: Nationwide Insurance


    They haven't met my Beagle if they think training them is easy

      Just yell commands that mimic exactly what it is doing and it will appear well trained. "Walk away from me", "Don't give the ball back", "Sniff that garbage on the ground", "Good dog".

    I guarantee the most popular, has the most robust health and least genetic inbreeding and that, of course, would be your common mongrel. Which, by the way, would be just as cute when a puppy and way cheaper to buy and look after, probably the longest-lived as well.

    In what world is a German Shepherd a difficult dog to train?

    I do not understand how they came up with those training ratings. I suspect either a dartboard or asking some random on the street who's never actually met a dog.

    Like others above have commented;
    I have have and had several Dachshunds and they are both good with children and almost impossible to train. The creator of this info graph has no idea.

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