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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