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Getting a Dog: Washington’s Most Popular Dog Breeds

We checked with the American Kennel Club and vets to find out what dogs Washingtonians love.

Here are the five most popular breeds along with reputable nearby breeders, average cost, and breed-specific rescue organizations.

Labrador Retriever

Average cost: $2,000

Local breeders: Blackamoor Labradors
Mason Neck, VA

Shadowglen Labradors

Local rescue organization: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P.

Yorkshire Terrier

Average cost: $1,200 to $1,800

Local breeders: Preston Country Club for Pets

Local rescue organization: Yorkshire Terrier Club of America

Poodle (Standard or Miniature)

Average cost: $1,500 to $2,500

Local breeders: Luminary Standard Poodles

Local rescue organization: Washington Poodle Club


Average cost: $1,000 to $2,500

Local breeders: Amity Hall Boxers
Stevensville, MD

Katandy Boxers & Bulldogs
Davidsonville, MD

Local rescue organization: Adopt a Boxer Rescue

Golden Retriever

Average cost: $1,500 to $2,000

Local breeders: Goldridge Golden Retrievers
Street, MD

Local rescue organization: Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training

Photographs (in order) by: Scott Suchman, Marina Maslennikova/Getty Images, Vicente Barcelo Varona/Getty Images, Marina Maslennikova/Getty Images, and Temelko Temelkov/Getty Images.

This article appears in the November 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

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