How can I use the list of facts and statistics listed below to support the topic sentence and complete the paragraph?Topic Sentence: Though poodles are the single most popular purebred dog, large...

How can I use the list of facts and statistics listed below to support the topic sentence and complete the paragraph?

Topic Sentence:

Though poodles are the single most popular purebred dog, large purebred dogs are generally more popular than small purebreds.

 

Facts and Statistics:

980,299 registered purebred dogs; does not include non-purebred

101,100 poodles owned, 81,964 Dobermans; 61,783 German shepherds

52,955 cocker spaniels; 43,500 Labrador retrievers

 

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In order to do this, you need to figure out which of the facts and statistics you offer would tend to support the topic sentence.  The topic sentence tells us that poodles are popular and goes on to say that even though this is true, large dogs are generally more popular than small dogs. 

To support this statement, you need to use statistics that prove it.  First, note the number of purebred poodles.  It is the highest number shown, which proves the point of the topic sentence.  Next, look at which of the breeds of dogs listed are big and which are small.  Of these, only poodles and cocker spaniels are small.  This shows us that, overall, large purebred dogs are more popular even if poodles are the most popular single breed of dogs.

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