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User poll results: Top dogs revealed!

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We recently asked for your input on the top three dog breeds you care for the most. After reviewing hundreds of submissions, we’ve compiled the results and can now unveil the breeds that dominate professional day cares and walking businesses in the UK.

So let’s delve into the results and discover which breeds are leaving the biggest paw prints in your packs.

#1 Labrador Retriever (13% of respondents listed Labs in their top 3)

In at number one, and hardly surprising considering they’re the UK’s most popular breed in terms of numbers owned. Here 3 quirky facts to impress your Lab-owning clients with:

(1) Don’t judge a Lab by its colour

It’s a common myth that yellow Labs are the couch potatoes and black Labs are the superior hunters, but there’s no scientific backing for these color-coded claims. Each Lab is unique, just like people. 

(2) The most famous Lab of all

Marley of Marley & me fame was a Lab because the film is based on author John Grogan’s real experiences with his own Labrador, described in his memoir.

(3) Rarely in the winner’s circle…

Although Labradors are considered to be the world’s most popular dog breed, they’ve only clinched the ‘Best in Show’ title at Crufts three times. In contrast, the Cocker Spaniel holds the record with seven wins. The last Lab winner was “Cheveralla Ben of Banchory” in 1937.

#2 Cross breeds [non-Poodle] (10%)

What canine-loving dog professional doesn’t have a soft spot for a good old mixed breed? GoFido is pleased to share that crossbreeds have claimed the silver medal in our survey. We’re keen to highlight some interesting insights about these dogs just in case you have clients considering getting a Bitza.

(1) Hybrid vigor

Formally defined as “enhanced biological qualities from crossbreeding’, Hybrid Vigor often helps crossbreeds by mixing up their genes, which could lower the risk of diseases often found in purebreds. But remember, health outcomes can still vary. If any of your clients are considering getting another dog, advise them to check out any known health issues of the parent breeds where possible.

(2) Celebrating the crossbreed charm

While traditionally not featured in pedigree dog shows, crossbreeds have their own special competitions. Events like Scruffts in the UK celebrate the charm and diversity of crossbreeds with categories like “Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog” and “Golden Oldie Crossbreed,” giving them a platform to shine just as purebreds do at events like Crufts. For more details, visit The Kennel Club’s website.

(3) The unsung heroes

Known for their resilience and adaptability, these dogs frequently end up in shelters due to various circumstances, yet they continue to offer unmatched companionship and loyalty. Organisations like the RSPCA champion these mixed-breed dogs through events like My Big Walkies, which not only raise funds for animal welfare but also highlight the physical and emotional benefits of owning crossbreeds. These dogs are not just pets; they are companions that bring together communities, assist in therapy, and enrich lives with their diverse traits and loving natures. They exemplify how mixed heritage can result in remarkable dogs full of potential and love.

#3 Cockapoo (10%)

The rise in popularity of Poodle-crossbreeds, particularly since the COVID lockdowns of 2020, is remarkable, with GoFido documenting this trend recently. Among these hybrid breeds, the Cockapoo has emerged as a standout, securing the third-place spot in our survey of the most represented breeds in your packs. Here are 3 things you may not know about them:

(1) Older than you think

The Cockapoo breed has a longer history than some might realise, originating in the 1950s in the United States. It was created by combining the Poodle’s smart and hypoallergenic coat with the Cocker Spaniel’s friendly personality, quickly becoming a favorite due to its charming nature and minimal shedding. While the breed enjoyed popularity in the U.S. for decades, it only started appearing in the UK about a decade ago, in the early 2010s, catching on as part of the wider trend appreciating ‘Doodle’ breeds.

(2) Same shape, different sizes

There are actually four types of Cockapoos based on size. Maxi Cockapoos are the largest, weighing around nineteen pounds. Miniatures come next, with weights between thirteen and eighteen pounds. Toy Cockapoos are smaller, weighing seven to twelve pounds, and the smallest are Teacup Cockapoos, which weigh less than six pounds at full maturity.

(3) Cockapoos-aplenty

The Royal Veterinary College estimates that there are now nearly 700,000 Cockapoos in the UK. What’s more, Cockapoos now make up a huge 6.2% of all puppies under one year old in the UK, a stunning fact considering the breed was largely unheard of less than 20 years ago. By the way, Poodle-crossbreeds altogether made up 23% of the total votes.

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