It's a laid-back, friendly place to live, and people here do love their animals. There are quite a number of animal-oriented events held throughout the year (hopefully again, now that COVID restrictions are lifting), and a variety of ways to obtain the dog breed of your choice--whether through a reputable breeder, rescue or adoption situation.
Which Breeds are Popular in Northeastern PA?
I did some research on most-owned, most-requested, most-adopted breeds locally. I matched my findings with what I not only photograph at various events, but also who I see coming for portraits to the studio or on location. Here are the results.
Here is a great and thorough article on Doodles that I found while researching the different breed mixes.
2. Golden Retrievers
Goldens are usually extroverts. Eager-to-please, they make great family dogs. They always seem happy, can be very playful, and make great gundogs that are most willing to retrieve waterfowl for hours on end. With an average weight between 55 and 75 pounds, goldens have thick, luxurious coats, which they do shed out in volumes. Our Sandy was close to 100 pounds. Her coat was reddish-golden and she was a large dog (big-boned, as they say). Ollie was more in line with breed standards at 68 pounds and the best frisbee player we ever owned.
In the past year, I have seen four different goldens in my studio, and I am heartened to know the breed is still loved among many in this area. Goldens can be loving, family-oriented pets, but they can also have a stubborn streak.
3. Labrador Retrievers
We adopted our dog Ike, a chocolate labrador retriever, from Caroline County Humane Society many years back. He was two years old and he lived up to all of the labrador descriptive words. He left us in 2011, at the age of eleven. Ike was a one-of-a-kind dog, who we were lucky to have in our lives. He taught me all about the good things that labradors bring to their relationship with humans.
4. Siberian Huskies
I even discovered the Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue in Horsham, PA.
I do remember meeting a few huskies while doing photography work at shelters. While huskies are friendly, loyal, family dogs, they do need their people to have breed experience. They are relatively light for what they can do, weighing in at 60 pounds or less. They are often quite playful, and like any dogs, need to be socialized from an early age. The two pictured above were part of a sled-dog team I met at a winter event.
5. Pugs and Puggles
Puggles are a cross between a Pug and a Beagle, and carry the characteristics of both breeds.
Pugs originated in China, and have often been the selected dogs of royalty (along with the Corgi). Their coat colors come in black, fawn, apricot and silver fawn. They are playful and affectionate, love to snuggle, but can be barky (what my mother used to call - yappy).
Some Other Noteworthy Popular Breeds in Northeastern PA
While the breeds noted above were the ones that kept showing up in my various research sources, there are some others which should be mentioned.
If your breed was not mentioned, please send a comment with the breed you own. It will help my future research.
I am a member of a professional photography blog circle, featuring a number of pet photographers both nationally and internationally. To read more about various breeds in other areas, start here with Linda Perdue of VP Shoots Photography, capturing memories of your pets and family in the Tampa, Florida area. Look for the link at the end of each blog post. It will take you to the next blog. Follow the links until you find yourself back here again!
I am always interested in photographing your breed. Give me a call to schedule!
Enjoy your weekend!