Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Does your dog reveal where in London you live?

Trendy Chihuahuas in Islington, compact Pugs for City living, loving Labradors for families in South West London - it seems that the dog breed you own can show where you live in London.

Figures released by the Kennel Club show that there are distinct patterns of dog ownership across the different London regions, with people choosing a dog that fits their lifestyle and area.

To the north of London, including Islington and Camden the Smooth Coated Chihuahua has increased dramatically in popularity, rising 218% in the last five years.

Credit: Kennel Club

The French Bulldog is another firm favourite, increasing 605% in popularity in five years. Other small dogs in North London's top ten are the Pug the Miniature Schnauzer.

Credit: Kennel Club

The firm favourite amongst those living in south west London, including the primarily residential areas of Wandsworth and Wimbledon, is the Labrador Retriever. Traditional breeds also remain family favourites, with the Cocker Spaniel and the Golden Retriever also doing well.

Credit: Kennel Club

In the affluent West London areas, including Mayfair and Chelsea, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - a breed that has been favoured by royalty and has connotations of wealth and connections - and the Smooth Coated Chihuahua, which has been popularised by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, rank more highly than other London regions.

Credit: Kennel Club

In the compact East region, which includes the Docklands and Canary Wharf, small dogs are popular with city livers here the French Bulldog, Pug and Miniature Schnauzer also do well.

Those living in North West London, in the open spaces of Hampstead, Regents Park and Primrose Hill, tend to favour the larger dog breeds that require lots of exercise. This includes the Labrador at number one spot, and breeds such as the Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.

In the NW5 region, which is dominated by parkland and open space, Great Danes even make the top five.

It seems that Londoners are making choices that reveal a lot about their lifestyle and where they live.

Largely this is because people are making responsible choices. If you live in a flat and work in the city or Docklands, with less access to open space you would perhaps own a Chihuahua or a small dog requiring less exercise, whereas somebody who lives in the more residential areas of Wandsworth or Wimbledon and has access to lots of parkland might opt for a Labrador Retriever or Cocker Spaniel, requiring plenty of exercise and space.

Sometimes, people choose a dog breed because they feel it reflects their personality and style, with people who live in trendy areas, such as Shoreditch, opting for breeds that have been popularised by celebrities, so we just urge people to make sure they understand the breed and its characteristics before they buy and to spend time researching the wide variety of dog breeds, to ensure they get the right one for them.

– Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club

Here are the results in full:

South London

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Pug
  • Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Golden Retriever
  • West Highland White Terrier

North West London

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • French Bulldog
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Bulldog
  • German Shepherd
  • Pug
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Golden Retriever
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

East London

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Labrador Retriever
  • French Bulldog
  • Long Coated Chihuahua
  • Bulldog
  • Pug
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Bull Terrier

North London

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Pug
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • French Bulldog
  • Rottweiler
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

West London

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Pug
  • Border Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Chihuahua Smooth Coat
  • Golden Retriever
  • Cavalier King Charles
  • German Shepherd Dog

Top breeds in London 2003-2013, Kennel Club

And you can meet more than 200 breeds of dog, large and small, at the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event taking place at Earls Court on 8-9 November.