Top Ten Dog Breeds of 2009

Every year, the AKC releases the list of the most registered dog breeds. More or less, that list ranks the breeds in order of popularity. With the order of the top ten “usual suspects” slightly shifted, 2009 brought no surprises. Check out this list of the top ten dogs breeds of 2009 according to the AKC dog breed registration statistics and see if your favorite breed made the top ten. Is your breed not on the top ten?

1. Labrador Retriever

There’s no surprise here. The Labrador Retriever has held the number one spot for 19 consecutive years, and for good reason. This energetic, fun-loving retriever has “family dog” written all over it. Loyal and affectionate, the Lab wins over the hearts of just about everyone it meets. For over 200 years, the Lab has been treasured for its loyalty, intelligence and athleticism. The breed is often seen working as a service animal or gun dog, but remains a favorite among those looking for an all-around canine companion.

View the full list to see where your dog placed.

Report: U.S. Pet Product and Service Sales Up 4.8%

U.S. sales of pet products and services increased 4.8 percent to $54 billion in 2009, according to a report released Jan. 19 by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

“True to the market’s ‘recession resistant’ claim to fame, sales of all pet products and services rose 4.8 percent in 2009 to reach $53 billion, meaning that the market added $2.5 billion in the midst of the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression,” states the report, “Pet Supplies and Pet Care Products in the U.S., 8th Edition: Pet Health and Pampering: The New Value Equation.”

Sales of veterinarian services increased the most at nearly 10 percent, followed by pet food at 5 percent, other pet services at 4 percent and non-food pet supplies (which includes grooming products and bedding) at 3 percent, according to Packaged Facts.

The human-animal bond played a particularly important role in insulating the industry from recessionary cutbacks, according to Packaged Facts. The company pointed to an informal survey in which the majority of U.S. pet owners indicated that they value the comfort and security their pets offer more than ever. Packaged Facts suggested that this means pet owners are willing to invest in goods directly beneficial to their pets’ health, such as natural and organic pet supplements, heated pet beds and dog toys.

Premium demographics are also significant contributors insulating the market, because wealthier households are less likely to feel the financial pinch of a downturn as quickly or intensely, according to Packaged Facts. In addition, the company noted that wealthier consumers are more likely to read labels and pay attention to health claims. As a result, this group is said to consider higher priced products as worth the extra money.

Packaged Facts cited the growing clout of premium demographics as an indication of the success pet supply marketers have had in tapping into pet owners’ willingness and desire to pamper their pets with the healthiest products available.

PetSafe Aquires Pet Porte Technology

Radio Systems Corp., the manufacturer of the PetSafe Brand, has aquired the rights to the Pet Porte Smart Flap from U.K.-based Pet Porte Ltd.

The Pet Porte operates by responding to microchips in dogs and cats, thus keeping unwanted animals from gaining entry to the house.  The pet door also has a night mode setting which allows owners to prevent their pet from leaving the house after a designated time while still allowing an outside pet to enter the house.

For the time being, the company plans to keep production at Pt Porte Ltd.’s facility on the English Channel island of Guernsey. PetSafe expects to be able to sell the product in North America in the second half of 2010. The Pet Porte is currently available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

PetSafe Purchases Innotek & Invisible Fence

In December 2006, PetSafe acquired Innotek Pet Products and the Invisible Fence Comapny.  As a result, RadioFence.com now offers best selling pet fences from the top companies in the industry all in one place! PetSafe and Innotek are the #1 Dog Fences in the World! Our Underground Dog Fences outsell all the other dog fences combined! In fact, 9 out of 10 people buy a PetSafe or Innotek brand dog fence over any other. The Invisible Fence Brand is the top selling professionally installed pet containment system worldwide.

PetSafe Dog Fences have dramatically changed pet containment systems. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars on traditional wood or chain link dog fencing. PetSafe Dog Fencing uses technologically advanced collars creating an invisible barrier that dogs will not to cross. These dog fence systems are easy to install and after a few training sessions, your dog will never run away again.