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Features May 2014 Issue

Where Did Lassie Go?

While rough collies were very popular in the 1940s, their long hair that needs daily brushing helped them lose popularity as families became busier and busier.

Where Did Lassie Go?

Deciphering trends in breed popularity.

Who knew Reese Witherspoon had the ability to shuffle the breed cards, so to speak, shifting one breed in particular closer to the top of the deck? But she did. When her Legally Blonde character Elle Woods took her Chihuahua, Bruiser, from California to Harvard Law School, Chihuahuas began to enjoy greater popularity among those bringing a purebred dog into their lives, much as Brussels Griffons got a boost from Verdell’s finally stealing Jack…

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