Top 10 most popular dogs of 2012

The readers have spoken, as the following dogs had the most page views in the Dog Breed Center on DogTime.com in 2012. Is your dog on the list?

1. Maltipoo: A cross between a Maltese and Poodle, the Maltipoo is known for his affectionate and gentle nature; he also makes a good therapy dog. (2011 rank: 1)

2. Cockapoo: Called the original “designer dog,” the Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle and he inherited the best traits of both breeds. (2011 rank: 2)

3. Maltese Shih Tzu: Another popular mutt, this pooch is a combination of Maltese and Shih Tzu. Originally bred to be a non-shedding dog, the MST is a well-rounded animal who is a family and therapy pet. (2011 rank: 4)

4. Bichon Frise: A dog that sheds differently from other dogs, the BF is recommended for people with allergies, but watch out for his bouts of separation anxiety. (2011 rank: 3)

5. Shih Tzu: A companion dog if there ever was one, the compact Shih Tzu just wants to be loved and make friends. (2011 rank: 7)

6. Peekapoo: Combine a Pekingese with a Poodle and you get this scrappy companion dog who thrives with plenty of exercise…just be careful of his potential to overheat. (2011 rank: 10)

7. Poodle: Originally a retriever, the Poodle is usually summed up in four words: Intelligent, loving, loyal, and mischievous. Poodles also adapt remarkably well to training. (2011 rank: 12)

8. Schnoodle: A combination of the Schnauzer and Poodle, the Schnoodle has the loyalty of former and fun-loving nature of the latter. (2011 rank: 9)

9. Labrador Retriever: America’s most popular dog breed, the Lab hardly lacks versatility: He’s a hunting retriever, search-and-rescue dog, assistant to the handicapped, and more. (2011 rank: 16)

10. Puggle: Beagle meets Pug and results in this active, social dog, who likes to bark but can integrate seamlessly into a loving family. (2011 rank: 31)

For more of our year-in-review, please see DogTime’s top 10 dog news stories in 2012.

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