Thursday, January 24, 2008

Top Ten U.S. and Los Angeles Breeds

The American Kennel Club just released it's top 10 most popular dog breeds in the US, according to AKC registration. And the winners are...

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Poodle
9. Shih Tzu
10. Bulldog

Los Angeles' top dogs are:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Bulldog
3. German Shepherd
4. Yorkshire Terrier
5. Golden Retriever
6. Poodle
7. Maltese
8. French Bulldog
9. Pomeranian
10. Pug

Judging by the dogs that come into The LoftyDog, I'd say that the Downtown Los Angeles dog population wasn't well represented. We see more Shih Tzus, a breed that didn't even make the Los Angeles Top 10, than almost any other breed. Here's my prediction - look to the Shih Tzu to break through and crack next year's list for top Los Angeles breeds.

Interesting notes:

  • This is the first time since 1935 that the Bulldog has ranked in the U.S. top 10.

  • Los Angeles sets the trend again - the Bulldog is most popular in Los Angeles, having made the Los Angeles Top 10 for three consecutive years.

  • San Francisco and Los Angeles were the only cities in the nation to include the French Bulldog in their Top 10 lists.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Pet Bedding Sale

As we gear up for our big move to the Barker Block in the next few months, we realized that we didn't want to haul all the bedding we have in stock to our new location. So we're having a sale! All pet beds are 20% off during the month of January! Yes, even the cat beds and the "Furcedes-Benz" car! So if you've been eyeing that "Shag"-a-delic cat bed or the large waterproof blue microsuede number, this is your chance to save 20%!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

January Yappy Hour tonight!

It's the second Thursday of the month, which means it's time again for the monthly Downtown Artwalk and our coinciding event, The LoftyDog Yappy Hour! If you haven't been, you're missing out on one of Downtown Los Angeles' don't-miss events - a chance for all downtown dogs to frolic together while their owners socialize with live music, food, and drinks.

Yappy Hour at The Loftydog
Thursday, January 10th
7pm - 9pm
120 W. 2nd St (between Spring & Main)
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
ph: (213)687-8820

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Year Neck Check: Have You Done It?

Just like you check the batteries on your smoke detectors, The Lofty Dog recommends you check your pet's collar regularly. The start of a new year is a good time to do the Neck Check (hence the name, New Year Neck Check. Clever, huh?) - make sure the collar still fits well, not worn to the point of breaking, and that the ID on your pet is current. It's so easy to not notice a frayed collar, especially if yours is an active dog. After all, if the collar comes off, it doesn't matter what is on the tags.

While we recommend that all dogs get microchipped as well, ensuring that current information is on your dog's tag makes a huge difference - it's what gets your dog home, fast. Many people don't know to check if a found dog has a microchip, and reading that requires a whole lot more time and effort than just reading a tag and calling the phone number.

And just in case you're worried about tags falling off a collar, take a Sharpie and write your contact information on the inside of your pet's collar.

Check those necks everybody!