In a town of more than 18,000 people, there are now 1,060 dogs licensed in the community according to records at the office of the town clerk. That makes one dog for every 18 people.

June was the month for dog license renewals. By now most of them should be filed. However, last year there were a total of 1,229 licenses, showing this year is lagging by more than 100.

“I have no idea why, but we still get stragglers coming,” said Town Clerk Lori Kaback. “It’s the summer months,” she said, referring to how many people are on vacation and will take care of their doggie business once they return.

The computer printouts of licensed dogs amount to a couple of hundred pages. A check of those pages by The Bulletin showed that almost all dogs in town are spayed or neutered.

The most popular names: Molly and Maggie, for female dogs, and Scout and Max, for males.

Bo was also a popular name among male dogs. Bella and Taffy were also fairly common for females.

The most popular breeds: golden retriever and Labrador retriever, according to Kaback.

Other popular breeds include all types of terriers.

Terriers are energetic, fun loving, and playful companions, according to the website cesarsway.com. People who own terriers are said to be flexible and able to focus on the task at hand. Just like the dogs, terrier owners are often feisty, brave, and competitive. They are extremely talkative and have a good sense of humor, according to the website.

Labs and golden retrievers are friendly, good-natured, and make wonderful family pets, according to the website. Owners of these breeds put their families first and are said to be easygoing and carefree. Labs and goldens are known for having an active lifestyle and loving the outdoors. People who own these breeds tend to be social butterflies who are honest and lovable.

According to the website dog-breeds-expert.com, previous experience is one of the main reasons people select a certain dog breed.

Other reasons:


  • They find the dog locally either with a breeder or at a shelter/rescue;

  • They accept the dog from a neighbor, friend or family member because it is either free or low cost;

  • They choose the breed of dog they had as a child;

  • They choose the breed of dog featured in a movie, YouTube video, or television show.


Also, they meet a dog at a friend's home or community park and decide they like the breed and must own one.