Staffordshire Bull Terrier Named Queensland’s Most Popular Dog in 2015
THE Staffordshire Bull Terrier, often referred to as a 'Staffy', has been named Queensland's most popular dog for the fourth year in a row representing over 10 percent of all new pups registered with Dogs Queensland in 2015.
Out of more than 15,000 dogs that were registered for the first time in 2015, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier accounted for 1553 of the pups.
While the Border Collie (934) and Labrador (852) held strong in second and third place, the French Bulldog (846) has grown in popularity in recent years, landing at number four on the list.
The German Shephard continues to remain a favourite breed for Queenslanders, sitting in fifth place with 720 registrations.
Dogs Queensland General Manager Rob Harrison said the organisation was not surprised to see the Staffy come in on top of the 145 breeds born in 2015 as it continues to be a very popular and fashionable dog.
"Staffordshire Bull Terriers are also popular because they are very comfortable indoors around the family and are easily house-trained," he said.
"We expect their popularity to remain steady in 2016," Mr Harrison said. One of the dogs growing in popularity is the French Bulldog with 846 being registered in 2015 compared to just 316 in 2013.
"In just a few years we have seen the number of French Bulldogs spike as families, couples and single people look for a small companion, or a dog suited to smaller living spaces."
All pure bred dogs born in Queensland each year should be registered with Dogs Queensland which oversees the professional breeders, providing training and guidance to ensure high quality dogs.
Dogs Queensland promotes the general improvement of the standard, breeding and exhibition of pure bred registered dogs in the state.
It has the responsibility of administering Pure Breed Dogs and Dog Breeders, and is an authority on canine control.
Further information is available at http://www.dogsqueensland.org.au/