May 23, 2014 - 8:13 AM
KAMLOOPS — Dog owners here prefer a breed they can take hiking or hunting and is good with young kids; a breed often called handsome and known for being loyal and a willingness to do anything to please its human.
According to dog licencing records at the City of Kamloops, the lab is easily the most popular breed, nearly double the second most popular breed.
Local breeder Donna Savage isn't surprised—the lab is a low maintenance, healthy breed.
“They’re great with people and good for anything—companionship, running, hiking, good with kids, hunting…. They’re all around great dogs,” she says.
Her customers are often hikers looking for a good family dog to keep them company.
“They will go forever to please you,” she says.
When we asked around local dog parks for guesses at the most popular breed, guesses included German shepherds, border collies, boxers and labradors, but most people were not able to list the top breed.
They were quick to list the reasons why they chose their particular dog though: Temperament, size, goofiness, beauty, energy and even coat all helped people choose the right dog for them. And for many people, a pure breed wasn't important—well over half the licensed dogs are mixed breeds.
Some people we spoke to said they wanted a hiking partner, others preferred a relaxed cuddle bug, but they all have one thing in common—they love their dogs.
We sifted through the tens of thousands of dog licenses issued over the last several years to find the most common breeds and here they are, Kamloops’ top 12 dog breeds.
Come back Sunday to find out the most popular dog names.
**Though there are currently about 7,700 dogs licensed in the city, the numbers we used represent licensed dogs in the City of Kamloops over the last 10 years and includes mixed breed dogs that have a primary breed named on the license.
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