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The demand for large dog breeds has emerged as families swapped city life for country living in the pandemic, new figures released by the Kennel Club have found.
While these giant pups might take up more space on the sofa, Pyrenees Mountain Dogs, English Setters and Old English Sheepdogs are among the breeds Brits are falling back in love with. In fact, of the 10 breeds increasing in popularity, six of them were classified as “large” breeds.
The English Setter, on the larger end of medium-sized dogs, benefitted from a 109% increase in registrations, while Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, weighing between 121 and 165lb (55 and 75kg), are also becoming more popular with Brits. Meanwhile, Old English Sheepdogs, Giant Schnauzers, chow chow and Akitas have all seen a significant surge in registrations.
“We are delighted to see that some of our more vulnerable native breeds, like the much-loved Old English Sheepdog and historic English Setter, saw some of the biggest boosts in popularity over the past year,” Bill Lambert, a spokesperson for the Kennel club The Telegraph.
Moving to the countryside suddenly became a lot more appealing during nationwide lockdowns, with Bill explaining this is one of the reasons households considered larger pups. He continues: “Perhaps puppy buyers resisted the urge to go for the most obvious choices, and instead using lockdown and time at home to properly research their new four-legged family member and find the best fit for their lifestyle.”
Ali Taylor, head of canine behavior and training at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, told the Daily Mail: “It’s no wonder that big dogs have risen in popularity; not only are they striking to look at, but they can make incredibly loving and rewarding pets too. Large breeds might take up a bit more space on your sofa, but that’s only because there’s more of them to love!”
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