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Abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terriers
least likely breed to find a new home

New research from the Pedigree Adoption Drive has discovered that sadly not every dog may get the chance to have its day. According to recent figures, abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terriers are the least likely dog breed to find a new home.

In fact only half of all dog owners’ have ever adopted a dog and only 13 per cent would consider adopting a ‘Staffie’ from a re-homing centre.

A surprising 55% of dogs taken in by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in 2007 were pure breeds, with Staffordshire Bull Terriers and SBT crosses making up 32% of their total intake.
As with all pure-breed dogs, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has certain measurable personality traits that are specific to the breed. The Kennel Club breed standard shows that, contrary to popular perception, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is reliable, intelligent and affectionate, particularly with children.

Lesley McFayden, Secretary, East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue Service adds: “Education is the answer to reducing these numbers. Too many people do not spend enough, if any, time researching dog ownership and the characteristics of breeds before they get their dog. If you are considering getting a dog, spend time researching which type of dog is right for your lifestyle and personality.”

The research indicates that dog breed plays a major part in a dog’s quest to find a new loving home. Labradors and Golden Retrievers – typically considered as loyal and well behaved dogs - stand the best chance of being adopted while Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers – also renowned for their sociability and suitability as family pets - stand the least.

The five most adopted breeds The five least adopted breeds
1 Labrador 1 Staffordshire Bull Terrier
2 Golden Retriever 2 Yorkshire Terrier
3 Border Collie 3 Border Terrier
4 Cocker Spaniel 4 Dalmatian
5 German Shepherd 5 Boxer

It’s not just breed here either – geography affects a dogs chance of being adopted too. Dog owners in Aberdeen are least likely to rescue an abandoned pooch - a staggering 76 per cent of dog owners here have never adopted a dog and 37 per wouldn’t even give the idea a second thought. London dog owners follow in second place with less than a third considering adopting a dog. Over half of those surveyed wouldn’t even visit a rescue centre.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for a dog without a home. Dog lovers from Bristol have proved themselves to be ‘dog’s best friend’ with 70 per cent of owners choosing a rescue dog over any other. Other top areas for dog adoption include Nottingham, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Top five cities likely to adopt Top five cities least likely to adopt
1 Bristol 1 Aberdeen
2 Nottingham 2 London
3 Edinburgh 3 Newcastle
4 Manchester 4 Southampton
5 Glasgow 5 Norwich

Stephen Rendu, Pedigree Marketing Manager says: “Every dog deserves a loving home whatever the breed and wherever they are in the UK, the importance is matching the right dog to the right owner. The Pedigree Adoption Drive will not only raise money but also awareness on the issue of abandoned dogs and help more dogs find a loving place to live.”

The Pedigree Adoption Drive launched in January with the help of TV Star Neil Morrissey and aims to raise £500,000 to help abandoned dogs - will be distributed to rescue centres by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Dog Lovers will help raise money every time they purchase any Pedigree product or support the campaign by visiting, and buying a campaign T-shirt.

You’ll also find information on where you can find your local re-homing centre and advice on dog adoption.