A new report ranks the top 20 most popular dog breeds across Canada as well as Vancouver.
Compiled by Rover, The Dog People, the new report ranks the top 20 most popular breeds nationally and breaks down each city’s top 20 preferences. Across Canada, the top five most popular breeds are: Mixed Breed, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Shih Tzu, and German Shepherd.
In Vancouver, the most popular breed of top is Mixed. Rover says that these pooches are, "Often hardy and always unique, mixed breed dogs continually top lists of the most popular dog types in Canada. There’s a mixed pup out there for just about everyone!"
Following mixed, Vancouverites favour the Labrador Retriever. As one of the most popular dog breeds across Canada, the company states that the high-energy canines are ideal for people who love spending time outdoors swimming, jogging, or hunting.
Chihuahuas take the third spot, and are described as "a lot of personality in a compact package." While they are ideal for city-dwellers, Rover cautions that they, "require training to temper their “big dog” attitudes."
The Golden Retriever and French Bulldog rounded out the top five, with the German Shepherd Dog and Shih Tzu placing sixth and seventh, respectively.
The Labradoodle comes in eighth, with the Pomeranian in ninth. The Yorkshire Terrier takes the number ten spot.
Vancouver’s Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2020:
- Labrador Retriever
- Golden Retriever
- French Bulldog
- German Shepherd Dog
- Shih Tzu
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Border Collie
- Bichon Frise
- Siberian Husky
- Boston Terrier
- PitBull Mix
Rover also surveyed 1,000 North American pet parents to examine how they picked the right breed for their family. This year’s breed preferences uniquely reflect the changing world around us: dog adoption rates have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and nearly one-third of respondents said they adopted a dog while coronavirus social distancing measures have been in effect.
For those who got a dog during social distancing, the majority (60 per cent) said it was their first dog and 40 per cent said it was a companion for an existing dog in their household.