According to a recent analysis by the Kennel club, Londoners love little dogs.
The Kennel Club study charts the rising popularity of dachshunds and miniature schnauzers, with the French bulldog grabbing the top spot.
But the biggest impression of all was made by the tiny Pomeranian. The last five years have seen a 147% increase in pomeranian owners, and this is the first time it’s made it into the top ten.
But that’s nothing compared to the rise of the French bulldog. London’s favourite pooch has seen a 282% increase in the popularity stakes since 2014, which might be attributed to many celebrity owners.
TV presenter Holly Willoughby has a French bulldog named Benny. Other famous owners include Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
But there may be more practical reasons for the city’s love of little pooches.
Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said: “There has been a definite move away from traditional, larger dog breeds in London towards smaller breeds, many of which are increasing in popularity at an astronomical rate. Small dogs are perhaps more befitting to some city lifestyles.”
But don’t forget about the big dogs
Despite the smaller breeds domination of the top ten list, the Labrador, German shepherd, and golden retriever are still representing for the big boys.
Here’s the full list:
- French bulldog.
- Labrador retriever.
- English cocker spaniel.
- English bulldog.
- Miniature schnauzer.
- German shepherd dog.
- Miniature dachshund.
- Golden Retriever.
But there are consequences to life at the top. A report by the BBC shows that the trend for French bulldogs has its downsides.
Shaun Opperman is a chief vet at Battersea in London; he says. “People see celebrities touting them and want one for themselves.”
In the first part of 2017, the Battersea trust took in 127 unwanted French bulldogs. During the same period in 2014, they received only 21.
Do your research first!
He goes onto saying that many potential owners are unaware of the health risks associated with French Bulldogs, some of which can be very expensive and time-consuming.
If you’re thinking of adopting a French Bulldog then make sure you do your research first.