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‘Your Dog Reveals Where In London You Should Live’ Says The Kennel Club

04 November 2014    13:00
 

As Londoners say goodbye to large breeds and hi to the handbag generation

Trendy Chihuahuas in Islington, compact Pugs for City living, loving Labradors for families in South West London - it seems that the dog breed you own can show where you live in London, according to latest figures released by the Kennel Club.

The figures released ahead of the Kennel Club's Discover Dogs event taking place at Earls Court London on 8-9 November, show that there are distinct patterns of dog ownership across the different London regions, with people choosing a dog that fits their lifestyle and area.

In the trendy N region, including Islington and Camden, it is no surprise to see the Smooth Coated Chihuahua (owned by the likes of Paris Hilton) has increased dramatically in popularity, rising 218 percent in popularity in this region in the last five years.

The French Bulldog is another firm favourite, increasing 605 percent in popularity in five years in this region. Other small dogs in North London's top ten are the Pug (owned by the likes of Jonathan Ross and Jessica Alba) and the Miniature Schnauzer (owned by the likes of 50Cent and Kathryn Heigl).

The firm favourite amongst those living in the South West, including the primarily residential areas of Wandsworth and Wimbledon, is the Labrador Retriever - which is more than twice as popular as it is in the next most popular area, in the West. Traditional breeds also remain family favourites, with the Cocker Spaniel and the Golden Retriever also doing well.

In the affluent West London areas, including Mayfair and Chelsea, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - a breed that has been favoured by royalty and has connotations of wealth and connections - and the Smooth Coated Chihuahua, which has been popularised by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, rank more highly than other London regions.

In the compact East region, which includes the Docklands and Canary Wharf, small dogs are popular with city livers here the French Bulldog, Pug and Miniature Schnauzer also do well.

Those living in North West London, in the open spaces of Hampstead, Regents Park and Primrose Hill, tend to favour the larger dog breeds that require lots of exercise. This includes the Labrador at number one spot, and breeds such as the Golden Retriever and German Shepherd. In the NW5 region, which is dominated by parkland and open space, Great Danes even make the top five.

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club which runs the Discover Dogs event, 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 that 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, so we just 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."

Londoners favourite top ten dog breeds also show a pattern distinct from the rest of the country. The Capital has moved away from traditional, larger dog breeds such as the Golden Retriever, English Springer Spaniel and Boxer and moved to favour more fashionable small dog breeds, which are suited to compact accommodation and busy life styles of Londoners. The Pug, French Bulldog, Bulldog and Miniature Schnauzer, which have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years after being popularised be celebrities, all make the top ten in London. Small dogs also dominate the five dog breeds that have increased post rapidly in popularity in London in the last five years, with only one medium sized breed making the cut, and large dog breeds dominate those that have most rapidly declined.

The Discover Dogs statistics show:

In the last five years French Bulldog registrations in the capital have increased by 265 percent, Pug registrations by 20 percent, Bulldog registrations by 403 percent and Short Coated Chihuahua registrations by 179 percent, and all make London's top ten. At the same time traditional breeds that make the top ten nationally have declined in London, with Golden Retriever registrations dropping by 31 percent, English Springer Spaniels by 30 percent and Boxers by 49 percent.

The Kennel Club's Discover Dogs event takes place at Earls Court on 8-9 November www.discoverdogs.org.uk

Top breeds in London 2003-2013

Family living:

South West, including Wandsworth and Wimbledon

Open living: North West

Office life: East London including the Docklands and Canary Wharf

Trendy townies: N region of Islington and Hackney

Affluent living:
West London including Mayfair and Kensington and Chelsea

National top ten 2003-2013

London top ten based 2003-2013

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Cocker Spaniel

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

German Shepherd Dog

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

French Bulldog

Labrador Retriever

Cocker Spaniel

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

English Springer Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

Border Terrier

Cocker Spaniel

French Bulldog

Pug

Pug

German Shepherd Dog

Pug

Pug

Bulldog

Long Coated Chihuahua

Miniature Schnauzer

Border Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

German Shepherd

Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund

German Shepherd

Bulldog

German Shepherd

Miniature Schnauzer

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

Pug

Pug

Golden Retriever

Chihuahua Smooth Coat

Golden Retriever

French Bulldog

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

French Bulldog

Golden Retriever

Border Terrier

Bulldog

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Cocker Spaniel

Rottweiler

Cavalier King Charles

Boxer

Border Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Bull Terrier

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

German Shepherd Dog

West Highland White Terrier

Cavalier King Charles Spanie

Top five risers in London regions (2009-13 compared to previous five years)*

Family living:

South West, including Wandsworth and Wimbledon (% increase)

Open living: North West (% increase)

Office life: East London including the Docklands and Canary Wharf (% increase)

Trendy townies: N region of Islington and Hackney (% increase)

Affluent living:
West London including Mayfair and Kensington and Chelsea (% increase)

London top ten risers 2009-13 (compared to previous five years) (% increase)

London's top ten droppers 2009-13 compared to previous five years (% decline)

French Bulldog - 606

French Bulldog -  167

French Bulldog - 885

French Bulldog 606

French Bulldog - 606

French Bulldog - 265

Rottweiler - 73

Smooth Coated Chihuahua - 338

All other breeds over 50 registrations have declined

All other breeds over 50 registrations have declined

Smooth Coated Chihuahua 218

Bulldog - 129

Smooth Coated Chihuahua - 179

Staffordshire Bull Terrier - 60

Shi Tzu - 123

 

 

Bulldog - 55

Smooth Coated Chihuahua - 115

Boston Terrier - 98

Dobermann - 51

Miniature Schnauzer - 67

 

 

Miniature Schnauzer - 34

Whippet - 96

Maltese - 78

Bull Terrier - 44

Norfolk Terrier - 45

 

 

Pug - 24

Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund - 94

Beagle - 27

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - 44

*Only those breeds that number 50 or more registrations in the London regions, in the five year period, are counted or small increases will show as disproportionately high. Only those that show as 100 or more registrations in London overall, in five years, are counted, or small increases will show as disproportionately high.

ENDS


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