Yo it’s Elroy here again. We won! Well I should say we Picards beat the PONs. At what you might ask? In popularity. Kind of.

You see the AKC just listed their breed statistics for 2019. They compile all of the information about dog registrations for a year and then post the data and indicate breed “popularity.”

So what breed do you think was Number 1 – for the 29th year in a row? If you guessed Picard, you are wrong. Number 1, again, was the all around happy go lucky, everybody’s versatile friendly breed- the Labrador Retriever. I will now list the other dogs in the top 10 – although one is not correct. Can you pick out one that doesn’t belong? German Shepherd, Golden retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, Beagles, Rottweilers, German Shorthaired Pointers and Shetland Sheepdogs.

Which one is actually 25th in the rankings? If you picked Beagles- you are WRONG. It is the Shetland Sheepdog. They are not in the Top 10. The tenth spot belongs to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Jolly good

Meanwhile, out of 193 breeds listed, we Picards had a ranking of 146. Not too shabby. Well at least compared to the PONs who came in at 173! They were just one point from being in the bottom 20. Heck , the Xoloitzcuintli beat us both at 137. Seriously? How many of those Mexican Hairless dogs do you know?

If you want to see all the rankings, here’s the link to all of them:


Popularity is a funny thing. Many people who are into dogs and who breed, do not want their breeds to become popular. Go figure. It’s because when a breed suddenly becomes popular – like Dalmatians-after the movie release of 101 Dalmatians , it often means that unscrupulous people will start quickly breeding to fill the market “need.” And when there is breeding done without careful consideration, you can end up with all sorts of health problems down the road.

On the flip side, when you don’t have enough of a breed- because they are not as popular – you can also end up with problems. A small gene pool can be a recipe for health problems too. It’s a conundrum. Whatever that means.

And speaking of conundrums, we had one yesterday. Or the Boss said we had one. Her highness took us out for our morning walk and it was rather challenging. It had rained the night before, meaning that the Boss had to plan his route to avoid puddles. It’s a very deliberate and slow process. I, on the other hand, was on the lookout for wildlife, so I would constantly stop – right in front of her highness- nearly causing her to walk into me. Between the two of us, it was a very slow journey. We came home, we all had breakfast, and her highness who hadn’t had a great night’s sleep announced that she was going back to bed for a short nooze – given that it was only 8:30 AM. Of course we ALL had to go with her. The Boss jumped on the bed, began to lick himself and I sat 3 inches from her highness’ face and stared at her. She opened her eyes and announced “everybody out.” She ushered us to the bedroom door and pushed us out. We were shocked and perplexed. I mean we are with her 24/7 since this pandemic began – unless she goes into the bathroom – and here she was throwing us out! I must admit, we have noticed recently that sometimes I think she goes in the bathroom just to hide from us. And here we were yesterday – abandoned outside the bedroom door! We were silent for about 10 minutes. And then the Boss had had enough. He started barking. One woof every 20-30 seconds. Like the beeping on an alarm clock. And it worked! It got her highness up. She threw open the bedroom door and standing right there was the Boss. She just sighed one of those big dramatic sighs.

We DID let her take a nap in the DFZ later. Because she allowed us in. Hey – it’s our duty to protect her – and how can we possibly do it if she’s in a different room? We’re a team. 24/7. And she better not forget it.

Speaking of which – time for the team to get walking. No rain last night, so puddle patrol should not be factor this morning. One of those endearing traits that probably explains why PONs rank close to the bottom 20. That was a joke by the way. Pretty funny, eh?

Have a good one. Peace and paws up. Stay safe.

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