D’ya like dags?

I’m following up my last hard-hitting post with an equally weighty subject.  Dags.


Well, Atlanta likes dags.  Specifically, Atlanta likes scary dags.  The AKC released the most popular dog list for the last year, and both German Shepherds and Boxers placed higher in Atlanta than in the rest of the country.



I’m a bit surprised that German Shepherds are more popular in Atlanta than elsewhere, but not Boxers.  Man, just go walking through any gentrifying revitalizing intown neighborhood, and everyone and their mother has a boxer.  I mean, I think they are great dogs.  But it’s like everyone said, “Hey, I live in a gritty, up and coming area.  I need a dog that can scare the shit out of a burglar.  But let’s make sure he slobbers all over himself in a way that’s ironically cute – that’ll reaffirm my hipness.”

7 Comments so far

  1. james hervey (jeherv) on January 29th, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    the akc doesn’t recognize the american pit bull terrier as a breed or i am sure it would be up there too

  2. bking on January 29th, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    I think when you move into EAV, the homeowner welcome kit includes a coupon for “one free pit bull adoption from the humane society.”

  3. james hervey (jeherv) on January 29th, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    of course mutt tops them all.

  4. collinsb on January 29th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    do mutts and pit bulls and german sheperds reaffirm owner-hipness also — or just boxers? what if it is a boxer-something mix? (mine is boxer-beagle, for instance) Is it the position of the author that hipness is a given for the intown-dweller and the dag merely reaffirms it, or does one simultaneously acquire and reaffirm this hipness via boxer acquisition?

    seriously, this is important.

  5. dang (unregistered) on January 29th, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    Funny, I am neither hip nor do I expect my dogs to scare anything out of a burglar but, since I own both a boxer and shepherd and live in a hip in-town neighborhood I feel super typecast all of a sudden. Maybe I can be exempted because they are 12+ years old and the only people they scare are my kids when they are walking around with ice cream at muzzle level.

  6. bking on January 29th, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    Boxer-hipness corollary #1 – Any amount of beagle nullifies any hipness possibly acquired and/or displayed by mutt/pit/shepherd ownership.

    However, if pressed, I would posit that there is a certain level of hipness that is given for being an intown dweller. For example, I’m sure our father here is with the boxer is many times hipper than his suburban counterpart with a golden, even if he wouldn’t consider himself hip.

  7. Xshare (unregistered) on January 30th, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    Living in midtown, got a beautiful Pit Bull/Shepherd Mix. Looks scary, but really is only a danger to other dogs (loves humans, would be a terrible guard dog, might lick a burglars face off though). I want to train her to respond to a command like “Kill” or “Get him” by barking (and only barking, but if she’s on leash, who would know) though, just in case.

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