PETS IN THE NEWS
The Lab Retriever Leads the Pack as
the Most Popular Dog in the U.S.
The playful and energetic Labrador retriever once
again reigns as the most popular dog breed in the
U.S., according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).
While the Labrador retriever remains a constant
at the top of the charts, the big mover and shaker
in 2017 was the French bulldog, according to AKC.
The easygoing, playful, adaptable Frenchie not only
jumped two spots to number four, it knocked the
beagle out of the top five for the first time since 1998.
In addition to the country’s most popular, rare
breeds were on the rise in 2017. The Norwegian
buhund rose four spots (174th to 170th), Skye ter-
riers rose six spots (178th to 172nd), Canaan dogs
jumped six spots (181st to 175th) and harriers
rose three spots (186th to 183rd).
The 2017 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S. are:
1. Labrador retriever
2. German shepherd
3. golden retriever
4. French bulldog
9. Yorkshire terrier
10. German shorthaired pointer
Dog Model Co.
the winners of
its 2018 Contest,
which had a “
theme this year.
To support four-legged candidates
Dog Model Co.
has expanded to
include dog model management
and a Facebook
The organization’s contest mission was to “celebrate dogs that
make a difference” in people’s lives.
America’s Top Dog Model’s 2018 winner and finalists were selected for their winning style, star qualities, training, charities and
best-thought-out photographic portrayal of the contest theme. The
contest ran from Jan. 12 through April 30.
The national contest winner is Marvelous Missie, a Boston terrier
from Mendota, Ill. Missie was rescued from a shelter in Tennessee
by her owner, Karen Keefe. After she arrived at her forever home,
she started school right away and graduated with all her AKC Canine Good Citizen Awards before she was one year old. Missie gives
back to the community by participating at the Starved Rock Kennel
Club Paws for Reading Program, and she also visits residents at the
Mendota Heritage Health Retirement Home.
Missie’s prizes include placement on the cover of the America’s
Top Dog Model Calendar, model management and career coaching
with America’s Top Dog Model founder Jo Jo Harder, a Hollywood
style couture ensemble from Yvette Ruta and Hayleys Hats, an orig-
inal watercolor of the winning photo from Connie Benwitt Art, a
tiara and signature wear from America’s Top Dog Model, Pawz Dog
Boots and Max Wax, and an autographed copy of “How to Become
a Top Dog Model.”
The 11 finalists include Mylie Lirue, Benny, Magi, Suri, Nikko,
Royal, Lola, Rosina, Bella, Harley and Fifi.
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Nulo welcomes Gol -Me alist Figure
Skater, Tara Lipinski, to our roster of pet
parents who un erstan the importance
of great nutrition. Dublin counts on
Nulo’s high-meat, low-carb, low-glycemic
ingre ients to help him thrive – allowing
him to keep up with her busy sche ule.
With Tara Lipinski
Gol -Me alist Figure Skater an Her Nulo Dog
Tara Lipinski & Dublin
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