Stafford tops most popular in London
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 KC, shows that the Labrador Retriever, which is the nation’s most popular dog, is now in second place in London’s list of most popular breeds. Instead, 13 percent of all dog owners in London opt to buy a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is also top dog in Humberside, in the North East; Mid Glamorgan in Wales, and in the West Midlands, with the Labrador Retriever 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 Shih 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.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, 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.’
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