Harrogate’s top dogs? Labrador Retrievers
Electronic tagging of dogs in the local area shows that Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed in Harrogate.
Dog is a man’s best friend and Harrogate’s best canine pal is officially the Labrador Retriever. More than 2000 have been electronically tagged in the district over the past 10 years, research from the BBC states.
After Labradors come Jack Russell Terriers and Cocker Spaniels, with 900 tags each. Border Collies have had 700 registrations and English Springer Spaniels 500.
Harrogate is known as a dog-loving town, with regular dog shows being held at Claro Road in 2013 and 2014. And in 2013 Harrogate was voted into the top three dog-friendly places in the UK.
The popularity of Labrador Retrievers is not limited to Harrogate though, according to information gathered from animal microchipping firms Petlog and Animalcare. Their data shows that this dog breed is the most popular throughout the UK. These companies account for roughly 60 per cent of dog chipping in Britain.
Crossbreed dogs were not included in these figures as they are the most numerous throughout the country. Unfortunately for the UK’s muts this research focuses only on recognised dog breeds.
Microchipping dogs (as well as cats) has become more popular in the past decade, and in 2016 it will be a dog owner’s legal responsibility to make sure their pet is chipped. According to the government this is because more than 100,000 dogs are dumped every year, which costs around £57 million to taxpayers and animal charities.
Are you surprised by this data or are you a Labrador owner who knows just how loveable these animals are? Let us know your favourite dog breeds and whether you think Harrogate is a dog-friendly place.