POPULAR DOG BREEDS II
Most Popular Breeds of Dogs 1937 - 1990
American Cocker Spaniels were the most popular dog in the United States from 1937 all the way through to 1951.
In 1952 the Beagle became the number one dog, and remained in first place until 1959. The Beagle’s ascent to first place in popularity was probably associated with the advent of the Peanuts cartoon strip, with Snoopy, the beagle. Snoopy made his first appearance in the strip in October 1950, two days after the Peanuts cartoon strip began.
Snoopy is shown interacting with all of the neighborhood kids, similar to the dog Pete in the Our Gang comedies. This was back in the day where it was accepted for owners to let their dogs roam their neighborhood and play with the neighborhood children, with the dogs and the children returning to their respective homes when evening came.
Poodles became the most popular breed in 1960, reigning for the next twenty-two years until 1982. The Poodle originated in Germany, where it is called the Pudel. The English word "poodle" comes from the German word “pudel” or ‘puddeln,” which means “to splash in the water.” The breed was standardized in France, where it was commonly used as a retriever.
Kennel clubs, including the American Kennel Club, generally recognize three sizes, standard, miniature, and toy, as sizes for poodles. Some kennel clubs recognize four sizes - standard, medium, miniature, and toy.
In 1982 the American Cocker Spaniel re-took first place in popularity and held it until 1990.
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