Last year, the BC SPCA reported a staggering increase in the number of animal adoptions during the COVID-19 pandemic as so many people spend more time at home. Several proud puppy parents are among Vancouver’s new pet owners, but what breeds of dogs are the most popular in the city?
The 2021 edition of Rover’s annual report on Canada’s Most Popular Dog Breeds has just launched, which ranks the top dog breeds from coast to coast as well as in major cities like Vancouver. Mixed breed dogs took first place nationwide this year, followed by Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Goldendoodle and German Shepherd Dogs.
In west Vancouver, locals love the American Pit Bull Terrier, which took the top spot in the Rover rankings in 2021. This year’s list of trending dog breeds in Vancouver is a big change from the 2020 rankings, which saw Vancouverites love mixed breeds the most, followed by Labrador Retriever, Chihuahua, Golden Retriever and French Bulldog in the top 5.
The top 5 trending dog breeds in Vancouver in 2021:
- American pit bull terrier
- Border collie
Before releasing this year’s ranking, Rover surveyed 500 Canadian dog parents in June 2021 and found that more than half (56 percent) of dog parents say they “bond” with people who are of the same breed as them. Rover also found that the most important factor in choosing a new dog was whether the breed was considered “family friendly”.
Other key factors in getting a dog were: 48% wanted a breed that snuggled up, 40% wanted a breed that was highly intelligent, and 34% wanted a breed that got along with other pets.
And like in British Columbia, where we saw an increase in pet adoption during the pandemic, Rover noted that there are “pandemic puppies” across Canada: “43 percent of pet parents said they had a new dog in their family since March 2020 to have. And the vast majority (68%) of dog parents said they saw more dogs in their neighborhood in the past year. “