According to the American Kennel Club, the most popular dog breed in the United States is the Retriever. This breed holds the title for the 24th time in a row, and it is one of the most purchased and bred dogs in the country. Other popular breeds include bulldogs, german shepherds, poodles, french bulldogs, dachshunds, beagles, boxers, Yorkshire terriers and rottweilers.
The 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook indicates that an estimated 36.5% of American households included a pet dog, which amounted to almost 70 million dogs, in total, compared to 30.4% and 74 million cats, respectively.
Breeding in the United States is fortunately fairly well regulated (compared to other places) and operates under strict rules. This protects the animals from unfair, unhealthy or cruel treatment and prevents the existence of so-called “puppy mills”, which are not legislated enough. Breeders are required to have proper registration and documentation, as well as be responsible for the good health and well-being of the dogs they are breeding.
When it comes to vaccination, among the core ones veterinarians include Canine adenovirus – 2 (or hepatitis), rabies virus, canine parvovirus, as well as canine distemper virus. In addition to them, it is also customary to vaccinate against canine coronavirus, bordetella (kennel cough vaccine), leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and Lyme disease.
A breeder who does not have proper documentation and registration is to be avoided. Not only is it illegal, but you also run the risk of getting a dog with undisclosed health problems and other issues you need to be aware of at the time of purchase. Always choose a breeder who respects all the proper procedures and follows referrals and recommendations.