Your breed of dog reveals where in London you live, claims the Kennel Club (KC).
Latest figures from the organisation ahead of its Discover Dogs event reveal there are distinct patterns of dog ownership across the different London regions, with pet owners choosing a breed to suit their lifestyle and area.
In north London, including Islington and Camden, the KC states it was no surprise to see the smooth-coated Chihuahua has increased by 218% over the past five years.
The French bulldog is another London favourite, increasing by 605% across five years in central London and the docklands.
A firm favourite for pet owners in south-west London, including Wimbledon, is the Labrador Retriever. In the affluent areas of Mayfair and Chelsea, the group revealed the cavalier King Charles spaniel was the breed of choice.
KC secretary Caroline Kisko, said: “Our Discover Dogs event in London enables people to meet more than 200 breeds of dog and find out more about which they would be most suited to, although it already seems Londoners are making choices that reveal a lot about their lifestyle and where they live.
“Largely this is because people are making responsible choices. If you live in a flat and work in the city or Docklands, with less access to open space, you would perhaps own a Chihuahua or a small dog requiring less exercise, whereas somebody who lives in the more residential areas of Wandsworth or Wimbledon, and has access to lots of parkland, might opt for a Labrador retriever or cocker spaniel, requiring plenty of exercise and space.
“Sometimes people choose a dog breed because they feel it reflects their personality and style, with people who live in trendy areas, such as Shoreditch, opting for breeds that have been popularised by celebrities. We urge people to make sure they understand the breed and its characteristics before they buy and to spend time researching the wide variety of dog breeds to ensure they get the right one for them.”
The Discover Dogs statistics reveal that in the past five years French bulldog registrations in the capital have increased by 265%, Pug registrations by 20%, Bulldog registrations by 403% and short-coated Chihuahua registrations by 179%.
At the same time, traditional breeds that make the top 10 nationally have declined in London, with golden retriever registrations dropping by 31%, English springer spaniels by 30% and boxers by 49%.
The Discover Dogs event takes place at Earls Court, London on November 8 and 9.
For more information, visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk