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Lovers not fighters - rebranding breeds with bad names

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Credit: PA

On the day where love is in the air, it is not always the case for our furry friends.

The RSPCA have revealed "the most unloved dogs breeds" in the country.

The animal charity is showcasing its four-legged residents who have stayed in their care for the longest, in the hope of finding them the 'pawfect' home.

Taking the top spot is the Rhodesian Ridgeback with an average stay at RSPCA homes of 118 days.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Credit: RSPCA

In second and third place are English Bull Terriers with an average stay of 97 days whilst American Bulldogs tend to stay for more than 70 days.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are most frequently in the RSPCA care and also wait longer for love despite the breed being recently voted Britain’s most loved dog.

2-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Trevor is at RSPCA Westmorland branch Credit: RSPCA

Here is the full list:

  • 1. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • 2. English Bull Terrier Cross
  • 3. American Bulldog
  • 4. Bull Mastiff
  • 5. German Shepherd Cross
  • 6.Saluki Cross
  • 7. British Bulldog Cross
  • 8. Shar-Pei Cross
  • 9. Shar Pei
  • 10. Boxer Cross

The staff who care for our animals day in and day out know just how loveable each and every one is and how different they are from one another but we do find that dogs of some breeds sadly take longer to find their perfect match.

“We would urge anyone looking for a pet to do their research especially as the reputation of a particular breed or type is often undeserved. Just like people, all dogs are individuals and they should find out if they are a good match for that particular animal to see if they can offer them a loving home.”

– Lisa Hens Pet welfare expert at the RSPC

To see all the animals available for rehoming visit