Web Exclusive: Honolulu Pups

Thinking about getting a new dog? Before you set out to the nearest shelter or pet store, take a look at the five most popular breeds in Honolulu, according to the American Kennel Club.

1. Labrador Retrievers

Here’s a dog that’s perfect for the Island lifestyle: Gentle, intelligent and a lover of the waves. According to the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS), 92 percent of Labradors tested passed the temperament test, a number higher than all other breeds on this list. Labrador Retrievers’ friendly natures makes them great family pets, but bad guard dogs. Labs are also very food- and fun-motivated, making them one of the easier breeds to train.

2. German Shepherds

There’s a reason why the dogs we see sniffing around Honolulu Airport are German Shepherds; by nature, they are wary of strangers and extremely alert. They thrive on learning new tricks and working alongside their human companions. Once this dog becomes a part of your ohana, it will guard your possessions and watch over your home. Because they do not form quick and indiscriminate friendships, they might not be the best dogs for young children.

3. Pomeranians

There is enough energy in this little package to attract some of the world’s most famous people, including Mozart, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Richie. Pomeranians are very outgoing and desire attention constantly. Because of their size they’re not usually recommended for children, but are perfect for Honolulu apartment dwellers.

4. Golden Retrievers

Like the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever is a beach-loving, Frisbee-chasing, family-friendly pet. While the percentage of Golden Retrievers who passed the ATTS Temperament Test is lower than the percentage of Labrador Retrievers (84.6 percent), they are still considered one of the gentlest breeds. However, because they were bred to retrieve game all day long they need consistent exercise. Lack of daily activity could lead to destructive or anxious behavior. They’re most suitable for an active family.

5. Dachshunds

These little guys might look docile and innocent but they were bred to be fearless badger—or mongoose—hunters. They are playful, lovable, and very independent. They do tend to be a bit stubborn, so consistency is key in their training. It’s extremely important to keep dachshunds at a healthy weight because their long backs are especially susceptible to injuries.