Thursday, January 7, 2010
Where Do Gordon Setters Rank?
As for AKC Registered breeds, Gordon Setters ranked 90th in registration last year, out of 156 breeds.
AKC Rankings for Gordon Setters over 10 years:
2008 - 90
2007 - 91
2003 - 87
1998 - 78
Am I crazy, or what? Did a Bouvier des Flandres and a Schipperkes, really beat out the Gordon Setter? No Way, REALLY?? And just what the heck is a Bouvier des Flandres and a Schipperkes anyway? Do they hunt birds?? There are dog breeds listed that I can barely pronounce, much less recognize! Do we really need 156 breeds? And that was last year. They have 3 more now! More Flavors than Baskin Robbins! I'll stick with my Gordons!
Okay, these are a Schipperkes and a Bouvier des Flandres
The Schipperke is mostly known as a boat dog or ship dog. Although, in World War II the Schipperke was used to run messages between the various resistance hideouts and cells, fooling the Nazis.
They don't hunt birds, but the Bouvier des Flandres, were used in World War I as message and rescue dogs and were almost totally killed off by the end of the war. In 1923 a small group of people helped to revitalize the breed and a breed club was formed in Belgium.