Labrador and golden retrievers may be the most common dog breeds in Wilton today, but that title once belonged to shepherds. One hundred and 20 years ago, there were 33 shepherds registered in Wilton, according to the town’s 1898 Dog Register.
Mixed breeds or “mongrels” were the second-most popular type of dog in town — 30 of them are listed in the register. Newfoundland was the third most popular breed in Wilton with 12 listings. Other breeds listed in the 1898 register include: