Experts Cast Their Votes: Class of 2014 Canine Yearbook Awards
All across the country, high school seniors are decorating caps, practicing speeches and planning graduation parties. And, of course, with the end of school come the perennial senior superlatives. Who will win Best Smile? Who is Most Likely to Become President? Only time — and the class yearbook, of course — will tell.
We polled 267 veterinary professionals (including veterinarians, vet techs and office managers) to see which breeds would win the most votes in various categories. Think you know which breed is Most Athletic or Biggest Flirt? See if your answers match the pros'.
Biggest Flirt: Golden Retriever
No matter where you see him, this playful pup is never alone — and that’s exactly the way he likes it. He’s all about family, friends and having a fabulous time. Dog lovers everywhere find him irresistible, and he couldn't be happier about it.
It's not surprising the Golden Retriever took home this honor. The sweet, gentle people-pleaser makes friends with almost everyone he meets.
Runner-up: Labrador Retriever
Biggest Drama Queen: Basset Hound
Every time this drama hound heads to the vet or the groomer, she temporarily loses her mind. Just try cutting those long nails — you'd think her life was over.
It's not just her melodious howl that gives the Basset Hound this reputation, it's also that she can pine and mourn like no other if banished to the backyard for even a few moments.
Most Athletic: Border Collie
From endless games of fetch to killing it on the agility course or even just playing with friends, this breed tends to be as athletic as they come. Almost everything he does says, “Come on, let’s go!”
The Border Collie was a clear choice for this award, and it shows with his proficiency in events like flydog and herding trials.
Runner-up: Australian Shepherd
Most Likely to Take Over the World: German Shepherd
Most Likely to Eat His Pencil: Labrador Retriever
This breed loves to explore the world with his mouth. He’ll chew whatever’s handy, regardless of whether it’s edible.
Anyone who's lived with a Lab — especially a puppy — is sure to agree with this choice. From shoes to mail to the occasional armchair, Labs have chewed it right up.
Most Likely to Sleep Through Class: Basset Hound
It’s not that she doesn’t care about learning that new trick; she just thinks it’s more important to be comfortable. She’s not “zoned out”; she’s just pacing herself.
Basset Hounds are infamous for having selective hearing and the ability to remain deeply asleep when called, making them perfect for this category.
Class Loudmouth: Beagle
He’s loud and proud and never at a loss for woofs. This town crier has something to say about everything, and he thinks everyone wants to hear it.
His fans consider his voice musical, although his fans' neighbors might disagree. The Beagle will sing along to sirens, narrate or "give tongue" while hunting, and bark at strangers who approach his door, and his propensity for baying is well-documented. "Loudmouth" is rather apt for him, we'd say — of course, we'd say so with love.
Most Intelligent: Border Collie
She’s been called a brainiac, but she’s just being herself. This breed often thrives on learning anything and everything. Careful — she’s even been known to outsmart a human or two!