Every country has their favorites, but surprisingly, there are a few dogs that tend to hit the top of the charts in many different localities. What makes some dogs more popular than others? Is it ease of upkeep, temperament, trainability, or maybe it all boils down to size and looks.
It's no surprise that small dogs are popular in today's world as homes are getting smaller and incomes may not be able to keep up with the high upkeep costs of large breed dogs.
Yearnings for a particular dog breed due to its popularity in a movie no longer reflects a desire for that breed like it once did according to some recent research and explained by Julie Hecht.
Do people study the health profiles of breeds and choose the healthiest breeds? Likely not, for a couple of reasons. First, very popular breeds tend to be inbred making them less healthy. Take the English Bulldog, for example. His lifespan has steadily declined as its popularity has soared.
Just take a quick look at the ten most popular small size dog dogs in the U.S. Only four of the ten may have short coats making their grooming requirements minimal.
French Bulldogs, Beagles, Short Coated Dachshunds, and Boston Terriers are not going to require much grooming. The other six popular breeds require moderate to extensive grooming and upkeep.
Few people would deny that the dog's appearance plays a big role in their decision to buy or adopt. Think about what a dog's look does to you - Smushy faces that look almost human, big round eyes that stare straight at you, or long droopy ears that make the dog irresistible?
Maybe you prefer the feel of soft silky hair or the enticing smell of puppy breath. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, or so I've heard, and everyone has their own definition of attractiveness.
How many times have you fallen in love with something a friend possesses? Or perhaps you are persuaded by an influential person who you've grown to trust. If that influencer also happens to have a very popular dog breed, it's not difficult to see how one might choose the same breed.
Perhaps it all boils down to personality. You want your dog to conform to your routine, and that often means choosing a breed that has similar temperament traits. Since everyone is different, they need a dog that meshes with their own lifestyle. Why do you think some breeds become more popular than others.
It goes without saying that for a dog breed to become popular, it must be locally available. Even if you fall in love with a specific breed, it may not become popular if the closest puppy is only available on the other side of the world.
Just the logistics and cost of getting your puppy from one part of the world to another part can be difficult let alone all the legal issues involved.
Most national kennel clubs keep some form of statistics about the type of dogs that reside in their country. For the U.S., it is the American Kennel Club. Each year, the AKC tallies all of the registrations it receives from dog owners who have purchased purebred dogs during that calendar year.
Is this an accurate way to determine the popularity of dog breeds?
Well, yes and no.
Since we don't have a system such as a doggie census, that can collect accurate data about the number of breeds owned in a particular year, this is one of the best ways to estimate popularity.
The statistics do not take into account the number of people who purchase purebred dogs eligible for registration but do not take the time to register. It also does not take into consideration the many purebred dog breeds that are purchase without papers and are not eligible for registration.
They then list them in descending order according to popularity. We've used the AKC's list but omitted any dogs that did not fit the "small dog" category and here is what we found.
The Kennel Club in the UK publishes their statistics quarterly by a group such as gundogs, pastoral, utility and so forth. I've combined all groups to give you a listing of the most popular small size dogs registered in the U.K. The number following the breed name refers to the number of dogs registered in the last year.
Here are the most popular small size dogs in Australia based on the Australian National Kennel Club (Year end 2017). The breeds are listed in descending order from the most popular to the least popular. The number following the name represents the number of dogs of that breed that were registered.
So far, the French Bulldog tops the charts in three of the top English Speaking countries.
The world loves dogs, but the number of registered dogs varies widely from country to country. Not surprisingly, the United States tops the charts with a whopping 403,760 registered dogs according to Statistics Brain.
United States 403,760
United Kingdom 7,835
New Zealand 868
South Africa 583
Let's take a look at different countries to see what their most popular breeds might be.
According to Animal Facts , residents of the Philippines seem to love small size dogs. Of the top 10 most popular breeds, five were dogs on the smaller side.
Coming in at number number one was the Beagle, followed by the Poodle and Pug. The Shih Tzu and Chihuahua held the places for six and seven respectively.
Singapore boasts an atmosphere of being a dog haven and seem to love small size dogs. The Shih Tzu, Pomeranian, and Poodle were among the top most popular small breed dogs according to PerroPet. Closely following were the Jack Russell Terrier, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, Pug and Chihuahua.
What is your opinion? What makes a dog breed more popular than others? We want to hear from you. Tell us your story and don't forget to add a picture or two of your most popular dog.