For the 20th consecutive year, Canadian Breed and CKC Living Legend, the Labrador Retriever sits and stays in the top spot – proving yet again that this family-friendly, versatile breed is a fan-favourite and familiar contenders, the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever assume second and third spot on the list.
TOP CKC BREEDS FOR 2014
TOP CKC BREEDS FOR 2013
|1. Retriever (Labrador)||1. Retriever (Labrador)|
|2. German Shepherd Dog||2. German Shepherd Dog|
|3. Retriever (Golden)||3. Retriever (Golden)|
|4. Poodle||4. Poodle|
|5. Shetland Sheepdog||5. Shetland Sheepdog|
|6. Yorkshire Terrier||6. Bernese Mountain Dog|
|7. Bernese Mountain Dog||7. Yorkshire Terrier|
|8. Havanese||8. Havanese|
|9. Bulldog||9. Schnauzer (miniature)|
|10. French Bulldog||10. Bulldog|
The CKC has announced the top 10 dogs for 2014 and The Havanese is number 8 Just a few years ago, people would ask, “What is a Havanese”?
Their lively, humour and intelligent ways have won over millions and they do great with all ages. That is why I originally got the breed would to be to work with patients of all ages. Well I have learned a havanese is not a havanese, is not a havanese! What I mean by this is, do you remember those shows, “Lassie, Littlest Hobo, and the movie 101 Dalmations”? Well after those programs became famous, everyone wanted that particular breed and then EVERYONE was breeding them to make money. What happened then was horrible, health issues were introduced into those breeds that were not an issue before and peopel who had no business to breed were doing it for the quick buck.
Let me tell you something, a good breeder puts his or her money back into the breed and makes nothing , might break even, or comes out a bit ahead. Before I breed my dogs, they most likely have their Championship which means I have incurred huge costs to handers to get those points and one show can cost me anywhere from 450.00 to over 650 a weekend. All dogs should be maintained in excellant health before breading and also have the clearances for eyes called a CERF, patellas, etc…. and then registered with the Orthopaedic Foundation.
I cannot tell you the calls I get from heartbroken people who have loved and lost a dog to horrible health issues and many die well before they should. They thought,” I’ll get a dog”, and buy from anyone and then go through a heartbreaking loss. This doesnt happen all the time, but it is happening more and more. Please check out the breeder, check for health certifications and that the dog is healthy and ask to see proof and that the dog is socialized as are the puppies, and well taken care of. Havanese are members of the family and should live and be socialized by the breeding family. You dont have to buy from me, there are other good folks out there, I meet them at shows all the time, but please, buyer beware!