Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Mixed breeds top the Pets Best list of top 10 dogs breeds of 2014

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Mixed breeds top the Pets Best list of top 10 dogs breeds of 2014

The results are in at Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best) and the mixed breed reigns supreme. The leading U.S. pet insurance agency announced its annual list of top 10 dog breeds on Dec. 9. The data is collected from pets enrolled with the agency- which includes 234 different dog breeds.

The AKC annual list of top dog breeds is exclusive to pure breeds. What makes Pets Best list different is that includes mixed breeds when compiling the list. Mixed breeds make up 30 percent of the dogs insured through Pets Best and topped the list this year. This is the first year that Pets Best has added hybrid or designer dogs to the list- separating the mutts from the modified pets. Breeds like the ‘goldendoodle’ are considered to be designer dogs and different from the average mixed breed.

Although the list is very consistent over the years there are notable trends. Certain breeds may become more popular for many different reasons.

“While there are often surprises from year to year with the most popular breeds, certain cat and dog breeds have maintained their popularity among Pets Best policyholders,” founder of Pets Best Dr. Jack Stephens said in a press release. “It’s understandable that some people might feel more inclined to have a certain breed because of a new trend or because they enjoy a famous cat or dog, but it’s always a good idea for pet owners to thoroughly research a potential pet to ensure they can accommodate the animal’s needs and afford veterinary care for any possible health issues.”

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