May 1, 2013
AKC’s Most Popular Breeds Found in Puppy Mills
The American Kennel Club recently released the 10 most popular dog breeds for the previous year, and The Humane Society of the United States has found these very breeds in inhumane puppy mills across the country.
The HSUS warns that puppy mills profit from trendy breeds and challenges the AKC to do more to fight puppy mills.
The HSUS and Main Line Animal Rescue have rescued thousands of dogs, including each of the AKC's top breeds, from U.S. puppy mills. In fact, some puppy mills specialize in AKC-registered dogs.
The AKC's top 10 breeds for 2012, starting with the most popular, are:
- Labrador retriever
- German shepherd
- Golden retriever
- Yorkshire terrier
View photos of these breeds that were rescued from puppy mills on the slider above.
"The HSUS receives complaints every day from consumers who thought they purchased their dog from a reputable source, but instead, the dog came from a puppy mill," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "We invite compassionate breeders, especially those who focus on these highlighted breeds, to work with us to ensure every puppy born comes from a healthy, well cared-for pet, not an abused puppy mill breeding dog."
To learn more about puppy mills, visit humanesociety.org/puppymills.