Dog ownership increased massively during the pandemic as people realized that four-legged friends are the perfect companions.
Research shows that Internet searches increased 203 percent after dog adoption, increasing each time there was a national lockdown.
Now, Oxbridge, a distance learning college, has revealed the UK’s most widely adopted breeds – as well as those least likely to find new homes.
The greyhound was the most searched for rescue dog, closely followed by cockapoos and French bulldogs, says TeamDogs.
There was also a rising trend among Britons looking for companion dogs or looking for dogs with moderate energy labels and high trainability that would adapt to a lifestyle from home.
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The 10 most popular bailouts in the UK were:
- French bulldog
- Cocker spaniel
- Golden retriever
- Border collie
The 20 most popular dog breeds make up about 76% of all dog adoption searches – meaning there are thousands of wonderful dogs that are routinely overlooked.
Claire Barber, Animal Care Specialist at Oxbridge, comments: “While it is encouraging to see such a healthy surge in animal adoption as a result of the pandemic, it is clear that many animals are overlooked for their breed alone.
“Those looking to adopt may also consider less popular breeds in desperate need of good homes.”
It’s a sad reality, but some dogs just don’t get adopted as quickly as others, be it because of their size, appearance, or supposed reputation. If you are hoping to adopt a dog that is often overlooked, here are some of the least popular breeds that deserve your attention.
The 10 least popular bailouts in the UK were:
- Neapolitan mastiff
- Giant schnauzer
- Manchester terrier
- Bearded collie
- Irish Terrier Terri
Larger dogs have less adoption interest – with the majority of the least adopted breeds falling into the giant to medium categories
Mixed breeds are also some of the least likely to be adoptive dogs, which is sad given the sheer number of unique pooches in need of good homes. They also have the benefit of having unique looks and fewer health issues than purebred dogs, not to mention a longer life expectancy.
Commenting on the least popular adoptive dogs, Oxbridge’s dog grooming expert Lisa Graham said, “While cost and space are obviously factors in people not adopting a large dog, oversized breeds with the right care and home are wonderful, gentle companions.
“When it comes to mixed breeds, these unique dogs offer so much potential and personality. It’s heartbreaking to learn that while thousands of mutt need homes, they are often overlooked in favor of purebred dogs. We say they deserve a chance. “