here we have the news that labradors are our most popular dog breed…thereby gaining a ‘top dog’ status….
but as the carer/fan of any other breed will tell you…..numerically is the only place labs have it……..
y’see..the lab is a sort of a de-caffed dog…..the excesses and eccentricities(good and bad) of other breeds have been bred out of the lab…making them into an ‘everyman’ sort of dog….
it is very rare to meet a labrador..(esp pure-breds).. that actually have much of a personality…they are just….. labradors….friendly..easy-going..good with children…undemanding….and somehow…well…boring….
and labs aren’t through choice/genes over-energetic..and will easily slip into the slothful life of many of their owners/carers..thus becoming no more a dog than a slow moving piece of furniture….
now..don’t get me wrong..i am a total dog nut…and have no axe to grind with labs..per se..(or their owners…i can understand the safe option of going for a lab..)
but any title of ‘top dog’ must surely go to our beautiful pharoah hound..who runs like the wind..(cf…labrador stumbling from place of rest to food bowl ..and back again..)
this pharoah..with a size ten personality…or her daughter..half pharoah..half malamut…also a size ten personality..but totally different from her mother….
either of these..of course..is the ‘top dog’..
and seeing the ongoing delights for these two from each others’ company..can i just put in a plea for prospective dog-carers to consider getting two of them..?….or if they breed a bitch…to keep one of the puppies…?
even labs…(if you must..)
go to source/story>>New Zealand news on Stuff.co.nz: Labradors lap up top dog rating