Poll: Ilford’s favourite dog breeds revealed
PUBLISHED: 16:29 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:29 16 October 2015
As a nation of dog lovers, it is sometimes said that our choice of pooch can reveal quite a lot about us.
And if that is the case, then Ilford’s residents clearly have honesty and loyalty in spades – for the humble labrador is their favourite dog.
According to information from the Kennel Club, “trendy” breeds have also enjoyed a surge in popularity in the town.
The French bulldog is the fastest-rising breed in Ilford, with numbers up by a huge 1,163 per cent.
English bulldogs are also popular, with 69pc more now in homes in the town, while pug figures have increased by 36pc.
German shepherds are up by 17pc and Yorkshire terriers 16pc.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club’s secretary, said: “We are not only seeing celebrity dog ownership influence Ilford’s choice of dog, but we are now seeing dogs who are celebrities in their own right.
“This can result in people making the wrong choice when it comes to dog ownership – choosing a dog that is not right for their lifestyle simply because it is cute or popular on social media.
“It is important to remember that every breed is different and one of the reasons dogs end up in rescue is because people make rash choices without doing the proper research and then realise they cannot care for the dog properly.”
Celebrity owners of French bulldogs include singers Lady Gaga and Jessie J and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, while pug fans include actor Gerard Butler and Kelly Osbourne.
The Kennel Club, which is hosting its Discover Dogs event on Saturday and Sunday at the ExCeL London centre, Royal Victoria Dock, has compiled an interactive map of dog ownership.
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