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The rise of the Doodles: Groodle takes top spot

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The Goldendoodle and Poodle cross-breeds in general rose to prominence last year, surpassing breeds like Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs as the top choice among dog owners, according to Pets4Homes.

The online pet rehoming service, which rehomes over 1 million pets per year, analysed how many people viewed listings for each breed, with the ‘Groodle’ coming out on top, attracting nearly 1,000 potential buyers per dog advertised. Other crossbreeds made it to the top 10 rankings too; the Maltipoo ranked third, with the Labradoodle in sixth place, and the Cavapoo in seventh.

Renowned for their hypoallergenic coats and gentle demeanour, Goldendoodles are a popular choice for families seeking calm and sociable pets, with Pets4Home CEO Axel Lagercrantz commenting “After the baby boom of the pandemic, many homes are searching for dogs which will go well with their new, young family,”

However, the Goldendoodle’s popularity extends beyond family suitability, evident from their widespread presence on social media. Singer Adele introduced her Goldendoodles, Bob and Freddy, to fans in 2021, referring to them as a “spark of joy.” Similarly, Goldendoodle sensation Brodie boasts 13 million combined followers on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, earning his owner, Cliff Brush, $1 million last year from viral videos and brand deals.

The popularity of the ‘Doodles and the ‘Poos this year has been at the expense of breeds like Frenchies (sales down 43%) and Chihuahuas (down 41%).

But English bulldogs command the highest price among breeds, averaging £1,704 per dog, closely followed by Chow Chows at £1,694 and Golden Retrievers at £1,494.

Depressingly, it is the same old story at the other end of the scale, where the breeds most likely to enter rescue centres and stay the longest include retired racing Greyhounds, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and Akitas, with XL Bullies presumably poised to join this list soon. 

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