We all know the top dog breeds in America: Labs, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. Those dog breeds have cemented their place in Americana and will not be dethroned anytime soon. However, there are a handful of dogs that have almost faded into the past and are nearly down to the popularity of the affenpinscher. Exactly. Here we have the Ten Breeds that had sadly been owned by fewer and fewer Americans over the last decade, and our heartstrings quiver at the thought!
1. Scottish Terrier The Scottish Terrier are from the UK and have a very thick dark coat of fur, due to the chilly nature of their homelands. Most owners of this breed report overheating even in cooler climates, and regretfully very few pet owners opt to get one.
2. Chihuahua This animal was actually named for the region of northern Mexico it was first seen in 1850. For 150 years this breed grew to be one of the top ten dog breeds, and in the last ten years, legally blonde has apparently ruined its rep and its now not even in the top 20.
3. Cocker Spaniel This breed actually refers to two different breeds of dogs, the American Cocker Spaniel, and the English Cocker Spaniel. In this instance we of course refer to the English variety. They have fallen from popularity in the past ten years from 15th most popular, down to 29th, nearly doubling the breeds that are more popular! Nixon would be appalled.
4. Chinese Shar Pei This breed is notorious for the drooping wrinkled face that is so hard to resist, but some still do unfortunately. The breeds average lifespan is only 8 years so that may have something to do with it.
5. Basset Hound Napoleons personal pet, this breed gained wide popularity for its personality and its low hanging ears! Second in smelling powers only to the bloodhound, this breed is excellent for investigations and being nosy.
6. Pug "multum in parvo" meaning: a lot of dog in a small space. More than other dogs, this breed has a very 'human' way of acting. We've noticed a decline in popularity over the past decade, but over the past 2 years they have started to make a comeback.
7. Cairn Terrier Most people wouldn't know this name, but if you call him Toto they will instantly understand. This breed is loyal, intelligent, and great around kids! Unfortunately they have been labelled as a trouble-maker due to excessive barking and always being underfoot.
8. Great Pyrenees They are fast, clever, and command attention with their barks. Perfect for crowd control. But, as the years have gone by, most herds are fenced in and not even corralled. Nowadays fewer people even know of this breed.
9. Lhasa Apso This dog was bred by Tibetan monks to be their security system, barking at anyone it did not know. However in the past 50 years or so they have degenerated into being a purse staple, and quite understandably, the breed seemed to get bored. Last year they were rated the 63rd most popular breed of dogs in America. This breed is renowned throughout China for being lucky, and the writer Kurt Vonnegut got one as a gift because of this.
10. Pekingese From the origin of this breed over 2,000 years ago, it was favored by Chinese royalty and was even forbidden to be owned by anyone NOT living in the forbidden city. This breed is one of the oldest breeds in existence, and would be a very sad sight to never be seen again.