Friendly, outgoing, affectionate, loyal to family.
These traits might look like attributes listed on a dating app.
You would probably swipe right for this. The traits could be for a perfect mate or, in this case, man’s best friend.
Specifically, the American Kennel Club cites these characteristics to the state of Indiana’s most popular dog breed – the Labrador Retriever – according to a report released just in time to celebrate National Dog Day on Friday.
Spotted in a database of nearly 400,000 Camp Bow Wow campers across the United States and Canada, Hoosier dog lovers have rated the Labrador Retriever as their favorite.
The Labrador Retriever is also America’s favorite, thanks to a long Frisbee throw — you know, landslide — as reported by Camp Bow Wow, defined as America’s largest dog daycare and boarding franchise. .
The Camp Bow Wow Top 10 list featured purebred dogs, mixed breed dogs and crossbreeds, including doodles.
According to data from Indiana Dog Lovers, the top five Hoosier State breeds are:
- Labrador Retrievers
- golden doodle
- Golden retriever
- German shepherd
- Australian shepherd
For the fifth year in a row, the Labrador Retriever topped Camp Bow Wow’s America’s Favorite Breeds list, for a number of reasons.
“Labs are very versatile and have a friendly, outgoing temperament,” said Erin Askeland, Camp Bow Wow’s animal health and behavior expert. “They are excellent companions for adventurous outdoor activities and for relaxing around the house. All of this makes them excellent family dogs.
Dog lovers at West Lafayette’s Happy Hollow Park dog park on Wednesday night weren’t surprised to hear the Labrador Retriever top a list of favorites. Doug Magers, however, was a little shocked by the news that Goldendoodle wasn’t the first, given his own unscientific research.
The Labrador Retriever and Goldendoodle beat the Golden Retriever, Magers reflected.
“Well, I was at least third,” said Magers, who brought her dog Ziggy to the park. “But I see a lot of Goldendoodles, and I didn’t even think about it. But they are very good dogs.
His dog, Ziggy, is not on the list at all.
“I have a dog now, but the first doggo we had a Golden Retriever,” Magers said, “and we had him for 14 years. Then we had a German Shepherd, which is probably the other #1, if I had to guess. We had him for 12 years and my wife and I said we would never have another dog. But then we had Ziggy and he’s a rescue from Natalie.