The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the most popular dog in London, with almost three times as many Londoners buying this breed than people in the rest of the UK.
The Staffordshire bull terrier is the most popular dog in London with almost three times as many Londoners buying this breed than people in the rest of the UK.
Registrations data for the last ten years (released by the Kennel Club) shows that the Labrador retriever, which is the nation’s most popular dog, is hounded into second place in London’s list of most popular breeds. Instead, 13 per cent of all dog owners in London opt to buy a Staffordshire bull terrier.
The Staffie is also top dog in Humberside, in the North East; Mid Glamorgan in Wales, and in the West Midlands, with the Labrador in second place in those areas. The Labrador retriever is in the top spot in all other areas in England – with the exception of Manchester, where it is knocked into second place by the Shi-tzu and the Isle of Scilly in the South West, where the English springer spaniel has jumped into pole position.
Wales and Scotland show a slightly greater diversity in taste, with the West Highland white terrier, cocker spaniel, golden retriever and Weimeraner amongst the most favoured breeds in some areas. Only in Tweeddale and the Highlands, in Scotland, did the Labrador retriever fail to feature in the top three.
The information has been released in support Discover Dogs, which takes place at Earls Court on November 14-15. Visitors can meet and greet more than 200 breeds and discover how to make responsible decisions about choosing, buying and caring for a dog. The event is the grand finale of London Dog Week, organised by the Kennel Club and which celebrates responsible dog ownership in the capital.
KC communications director Caroline Kisko, said: “It is no surprise that the Labrador retriever has stayed as the most popular dog in most areas in the UK, it is intelligent and a truly devoted companion. Likewise, the Staffordshire bull terrier is highly intelligent and affectionate, especially with children, but sadly people don’t always associate the breed with these qualities.
“There is a big problem in London and some other areas, where people choose a macho looking dog as a status symbol and train it especially to be aggressive, which is not the natural temperament of the Staffordshire bull terriers or other breeds. Others go into dog ownership with good intentions but without the right level of knowledge about what type of breed will fit their lifestyle and how to train them effectively.
“Any dog can be aggressive or difficult to control in the wrong hands and Discover Dogs is all about teaching people about the qualities that different breeds really possess, which ones would best suit their lifestyle and how to be responsible owners.
“Owning a dog can bring lots of pleasure but there are lots of responsibilities that come with it too. Too often dogs end up being handed over to rescue centres because people don’t take the time to research their decision properly first.”
Breed Rescue Organisations will have a stand at Discover Dogs. There will also be the opportunity to find out more about buying from a responsible breeder on the Kennel Club Accredited Breeder stand.
Discover Dogs will take place on November 14-15 at Earls Court. For tickets visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk or call 0844 581 1381. Tickets cost £10, concessions £7.