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     The Pet Poison Helpline has released a list of the Top Ten toxic substances most frequently reported to its service in 2011 (among dogs only.) Along with that list was a breakdown by breed of the dogs involved.

     The 2011 list of common poisonings was strikingly similar to the one released for 2010, so I’ll share the Top Ten list of breeds involved, instead.

  1. Mixed breeds
  2. Labrador retrievers
  3. Golden retrievers
  4. Chihuahuas
  5. Yorkshire terriers
  6. Dachshunds
  7. Shih Tzus
  8. Boxers
  9. Beagles
  10. German shepherds

     So what’s going on here? Are all these dogs predisposed to having what I call “garbage guts”? Perhaps not. Let’s take a look at the American Kennel Club’s list of the Top Ten breeds registered in 2011:

  1. Labrador retrievers
  2. German shepherds
  3. Beagles
  4. Golden retrievers
  5. Yorkshire terriers
  6. Bulldogs
  7. Boxers
  8. Poodles
  9. Dachshunds
  10. Rottweilers

     (Shih Tzus ranked 11th and Chihuahuas ranked 14th.) 

     Hmmm. I sense a correlation between the prevalence of each particular breed in the population versus its likelihood to end up on a list of calamities like the one above. 

     What do you think? Are these really the most danger-prone dogs, or are the results skewed by each breed’s respective popularity?   

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