A recent UK survey revealed that if you are a Labrador owner, you are most likely single. Now, it seems your choice of dog breed can also pinpoint your area of residence – if you’re living in London, that is.
Teeny weeny Pugs for City living, fancy Chihuahuas in Islington, affectionate Labrador Retrievers for families in South West London – it looks like the dog breed you own can show tell where you live in London.
The Kennel Club released figures that show that there are distinct patterns of dog ownership in different London regions – meaning people choose a dog that fits their lifestyle and area.
In Northern London, including Islington and Camden, the Chihuahua, particularly the smooth coated ones – has increased dramatically in popularity in the last five years – with figure rising up to 218%.
The French Bulldog is another perennial favorite, increasing 605% in popularity in just 5 years. Other small dogs in the region’s top ten are the Pug, and the Miniature Schnauzer.
The favorite amongst those living in south west London, an area that is primarily residential, is the Labrador Retriever. Traditional breeds like the Cocker Spaniel, and the Golden Retriever are also doing well.
In the well off West London areas, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – a favorite breed ofthe royals and that has connotations of wealth and connections – and the Smooth Coated Chihuahua, which has been popularized by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, ranked higher than other London areas.
In smaller East region, small dogs are popular with the residents. The French Bulldog, Pug, and Miniature Schnauzer are favored in the area.
In the North West London area where there are a lot of open spaces – particularly in Hampstead, Regents Park and Primrose Hill, residents tend to care for larger dog breeds such as the Labrador who holds the number one spot, and breeds such as the Golden Retriever, and German Shepherd.
The reason behind the choice of dog breed is largely because people are making responsible choices. If you live in a small apartment with less access to open space, you would most likely own a Chihuahua or a small dog that requires less exercise. And if you are living in the more residential areas of Wimbledon where there are lots of parks, you might opt for a Labrador Retriever or Cocker Spaniel.
There are some people who choose a dog breed because they feel it reflects their personality and style. Like some residents in trendy areas, such as Shoreditch, who favor breeds that have been popularized by celebrities.
It is advisable for people to make sure they understand the dog breed and its characteristics before they get one and to spend time researching different breeds of dog to ensure they get the right one for them.
Here are the results in full:
North West London
Top breeds in London 2003-2013, Kennel Club