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1. Labrador Retriever

The Lima region follows national trends as the Labrador retriever continues to be the most popular breed in the United States. This breed comes in yellow, black and chocolate, and they are more than just a family pet. These dogs are also used as guide dogs for the blind, as part of search and rescue teams and in narcotic teams with law enforcement officers. They also make great all around hunting dogs. Eager to please and infinitely trainable, Labs, as they are affectionately known, make great family dogs.

2. Cats

Dog-owning households outnumbered those who owned cats; however, the total number of pet cats was higher. The reason for this is that many more households that own cats have more than one compared to dog owning households. With people’s schedules getting busier and busier, the comparatively low maintenance needs of a cat compared to a dog have made them a popular choice for many families. Not only are cats easier to care for, but for apartment and condominium dwellers, they are often allowed when dogs are not. Like all pets though, cats require not just water and food, but interaction and play.

3. Golden Retriever

Another consistently popular breed in the United States, golden retrievers are eager to please and friendly with everyone making them particularly good with children. They range in color from very light, almost white to dark or reddish gold. While they are adaptable to many living situations, this is a breed that needs regular exercise and grooming. Although the breed standard calls for them to be only 55 to 75 pounds, many get much bigger than that. Golden retrievers are used not just as pets and hunting companions, but also as assistance, guide and search and rescue dogs. These dogs also are very successful as therapy dogs that are brought into hospitals, nursing homes and schools because of their happy-go-lucky nature. Overall, a great family pet!

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