What’s the Most Popular Bird Dog Breed in Pheasants Forever Land?
According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador retriever continues to be the most popular dog breed in the United States. In fact, the Lab has held the top slot for 18 consecutive years according to the AKC.
From a bird hunting perspective, it’s hard to argue with the abilities of Labs. They retrieve with enthusiasm, swim like furry fish and cuddle like first girlfriends. While Pheasants Forever doesn’t have bird dog ownership statistics connected with our members, I believe I’m safe in assuming that Labs would rank as the most commonly owned breed in the Pheasants Forever membership as well.
After Labs, I think it’s anybody’s guess what dog breeds round out the top 5 most owned pups among Pheasants Forever members. After eight years working for Pheasants Forever and hunting with members from coast-to-coast, I know there are a wide variety of fine breeds represented. I’ve shot roosters over PF members’ Vizslas, griffons, Drathaars, setters and even poodles. So here is my completely unscientific, best guess of the top five most popular dog breeds within Pheasants Forever’s membership:
1) Labrador Retriever
2) English Springer Spaniel
3) Golden Retriever
4) German Shorthaired Pointer
Remember, I’m not making any judgments upon ability; simply popularity.
So, with that in mind, what do you think are the most commonly owned breeds within Pheasants Forever’s 130,000 members?
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.
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