What are the most popular dog breeds in Australia in 2017?

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – always a popular breed

Australian has an estimated canine population of 4.8 million nationally and 52% of all owned dogs are purebred. What’s the favourite dog breed? Well, there’s one breed that Australians are still barking mad for – the loveable, family-friendly Labrador Retriever! But these large dogs may not be ‘top dog’ for long, as smaller canines are increasing in popularity.

According to registration figures of Dogs NSW, the controlling body of pure bred dog breeding and exhibiting in NSW, and Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC), Labradors have been the most popular breed for many years, but smaller canines such as the French Bulldog and Miniature Schnauzer are slowly wagging their tails to the top.

In NSW, the French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel have all jumped up a spot from the year before, bumping off the gregarious British Bulldog and welcoming the lively and affectionate Miniature Schnauzer into the Top 10 most popular breeds. 

Nationally, the French Bulldog and Miniature Schnauzer have climbed a step from the year before, leaving the playful Staffordshire Bull Terrier at No 2. – a position this adored breed has held for several years.

Miniature Schnauzer – gaining in popularity

Top 10 Breeds 2016 Australia wide

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  3. French Bulldog
  4. German Shepherd Dog
  5. Border Collie
  6. Golden Retriever
  7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  8. American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  9. Schnauzer (Miniature)
  10. Rottweiler

Top 10 Breeds 2016 NSW

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. French Bulldog
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  4. German Shepherd Dog
  5. Golden Retriever
  6. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  7. Border Collie
  8. American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  9. Cocker Spaniel
  10. Schnauzer (Miniature)

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