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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Most Likely Dog Breed To Be Abandoned
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Most Likely Dog Breed to be Abandoned

Staffordshire bull terriers are the most common dogs in shelters. Labradors are still the UK’s favourite breed of dog.

The UK is home to over 12 million dogs, earning them the title of man’s best friend and the UK’s favourite pet. A fifth of the public find their furry friend in rescue shelters. However, since the pandemic, there has been a year-on-year increase in people abandoning their pups, with 14,462 reports of dumped dogs made to the RSPCA in 2021.

With National Dog Adoption Day on the 25th October, Barkridges, the specialist dog harness company has compiled a list of the top 10 dog breeds most likely to be abandoned, based on data gathered from leading UK dog charities.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers, also known as Staffy’s, rank the highest in dog abandonment. Staffies face some of the most abuse and neglect in fact, 80% of cruelty-to-animals prosecutions have involved the breed. Sadly, these dogs are also most likely to be abducted and used by gangs for fighting rings or as guard dogs, among other atrocities. Due to how your adopted Staffy may have been previously treated, it’s important to show them extra love and comfort.

Rank

Dog Breed

1

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

2

German Shepherd

3

Japanese Akita

4

Pitbull

5

Terrier

6

Rottweiler

7

Bulldog

8

Boxer

9

Lurcher

10

Jack Russell

*The dogs featured in the table above were ranked based on how often different breeds are up for adoption on leading dog charities’ websites. 

Staffies are in dire need of finding forever homes with caring owners who can promise them lots of cuddles and long walks. They may look tough but, in reality, are huge softies that form strong bonds with their owners. Being so highly affectionate they can suffer from separation anxiety so, if you are able to take your pup to work or work from home Staffies are the dog for you.

While Staffies may have gained an unjust reputation for being aggressive, it is important to note that a study conducted by the Royal Veterinary College cited they were no more aggressive than other dogs. Just like other dogs it is essential to train your Staffy using positive learning, rewarding good behaviour with treats, toys and lots of praise. It is important to show them how to get along with other dogs, Barkridges’ harnesses will put you in control. Using the front clip from the multiple attachment points will help facilitate pull training and allow you to steer your dog away from others if either party gets too excited or anxious meeting passing dogs.

Do you consider yourself to be an active person? If the answer is yes, then you have met your match Staffies have boundless energy and enjoy playing with their owners. If you’re partial to an evening run, why not bring your Staffie? With Barkridges all around 360-degree reflective harnesses, any road danger will light your pup up like the star they are, ensuring your pooch is safe from any passing cars.

Barkridges unique harness doesn’t need to be pulled over a dogs head, and and a result about 30% of Barkridges customers have rescued and adopted dogs. Pattie, a customer comments: “I am so grateful to Barkridges for making such a good harness and helping my dog not to feel afraid. It’s easy to attach the lead, and Toby can’t slip out of it as it fits well, and I don’t have to put it over his head”

Rank

Leading Dog Breed

Number of Newly Registered 2022

1

Labrador Retriever

44,311

2

French Bulldog

42,538

3

Cocker Spaniel

29,491

4

Miniature Smooth-Haired Dachshund

15,308

5

Bulldog

11,667

6

Golden Retriever

11,075

7

English Springer Spaniel

9,603

8

German Sheperd Dog

7,211

9

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

6,561

10

Miniature Schnauzer

4,788

**Based on Statista data of the number of newly registered dogs in 2022 in the UK

Labrador Retriever’s are known for their devotion and affection, they happily get along with other dogs as well as humans. Their popularity can be put down to their obedient nature and eagerness to please. Last year over 44,000 Labrador Retrievers were registered followed by over 42,000 French Bulldog’s.


Sources:

Dogs Trust
Dogsblog.com and Direct Line Research
Edinburgh News
Feeds and Seeds
PETA
Pets 4 Homes
Pets 4 Homes
PDSA
Royal Veterinary College
RSPCA
Statista
Statista
Statista

About Barkridges®

Barkridges® is a dog harness company with unique and innovative designs. Dog welfare is a paw-ority for Barkridges, and the company has partnerships with dog and animal welfare charities in London, where the company is based.

Designed in the UK, the Barkridge® Triple Buckle Premium Dog Harness is its inaugural product with first-in-the-market design features. Its three sturdy quick-release buckles, one of which is a unique lockable neck buckle, saves owners from needing to pull the harness over their dog’s heads or putting their legs through leg holes. Bringing together the ease of use of a collar with the strength and safety of a harness.

Quality and durability are assured using marine and mountaineering-grade materials coupled with durable stitches. Each harness features breathable materials and longer padded chest and back pieces for ventilation and all-day comfort. Available in five colours, the harness is lined and edged in the same colour as the main body to give it a more vibrant and refined look. Machine washable at 30°C, it has an all-round 360° reflective strip for low light visibility and safety. Moreover, two sturdy metal D rings provide different leash positions which support no-pull training.

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