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Image by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
This is Baby Cox (on the right!) of Tramore, Co. Waterford. No idea what breed of dog the toy on the left is supposed to be, but it must have been very snuggly for a child to cuddle up to. The furry beast in between was a little confusing at first. Did try to fathom a species, until I spotted it in another Cox family photo – it’s a ladies’ fur muff!

Voting can now commence as to whether this is "a boy or a child"? (Is it a boy or a child was allegedly the traditional question asked of new parents, i.e. child = girl!)

Date: Circa 1899

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Question by labrador_lover: What is the most popular family dog breed in all the world?
I am just curious if you know which of the family dog breeds is the most popular. Have you read an article written about it?

Best answer:

Answer by Rayven Yld.WILD.
I believe it is Golden Retriever, Lab, then german shepherd.

I just looked it up and Welsh Corgi was on there :)

What do you think? Answer below!


  • Abaraphobia

    Brilliant! They’ll never feel cold!! :)

  • Jose Miguel LLop Sanchez

    fantastic shot

  • swordscookie

    It’s not a dog at all! It’s a cross between a kangaroo and a sheep and is better known as a "wooly jumper"!!!! My vote says that of course it’s a child – nobody would be so cruel as to put an outfit like that on a boy – would they????

  • Aware of the Void

    I have been wrong before but I vote Boy- This is based on extensive research at your recent excellent expo at the Gallery in temple bar..

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Wooly jumper? Groan! :)

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/okmqaz42] I’m leaning towards boy too! And delighted you liked Small Lives
    p.s. All of the photos in that exhibition are on our "other" Flickr photostream! (Shameless self-promoting)

  • Aware of the Void

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] *right click, bookmark, and done*…that is some fine Shameless self-promoting

  • Sam Gardow

    The labrador retriever is the most popular breed in the United States and I believe Canada. Dog
    Fancy has a article about them. So do a ton of other places. Labs are the most popular family breed. The most popular dog breed registered in both the United States and the United Kingdom is the lab. The golden retriever and german shepherd come in second and third. If you don’t believe me, look on this site: http://most-popular.net/dog-breed

  • tropnhof.

    I like a HOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUNNNNNND DOOOOOOOOOOOOOG.
    They’s a hunkahunka burnin’ luv.

  • Eesha

    i would say golden retriever then labrador then beagle I absoloutly love beagles and maybe german shepards there all so cute hope this helped and why are you asking the question if you wanna adopt a dog check with me because m a doggy expert

  • please call me

    New York hot dog!

  • Éire Forever

    According to the AKC, the most popular dog is the Labrador Retriever.

    I have the sweetest yellow Labrador retriever, and he couldn’t be a better family dog. He’s great around all ages, is very smart and obedient, gentle, and energetic. He’s my definition of a great family dog.

    I haven’t read an article, but Animal Planet shows ten videos on the top 10 best family dogs, the Labrador retriever being one of them.
    Here’s the link:
    http://animal.discovery.com/videos/top-10-family-dogs/

    Hope I helped!

  • Breanna S

    1. lab
    2. GSD
    3. yorkie
    4. Golden

  • blue_vue

    boxers,
    golden retrievers
    Labrador retrievers
    standard poodle