THE Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been revealed as Sunderland’s most popular dog breed.
The controversial hounds have suffered from bad press and over-breeding in recent years.
But data released by pet registration services Petlog and Animalcare shows the stocky hounds are the most popular canines in Wearside, with 1,600 electronically tagged in the city in the past decade.
Most popular dogs in Sunderland by number tagged
1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 1,600
2. Labrador Retriever – 1,500
3. Jack Russell Terrier – 1,400
4. Shih Tzu – 1,200
5. German Shepherd – 800
The RSPCA reports the staffy dogs make great pets in the right homes, but often end up in animal shelters through irresponsible ownership.
The Labrador was shown to be the nation’s favourite pooch, with 509,000 chipped nationally, and comes in a close second in Sunderland.
Most popular in the UK by number tagged
1. Labrador Retriever – 509,500
2. Jack Russell Terrier – 376,300
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 356,000
4. Border Collie – 233,700
5. Cocker Spaniel – 224,400
The tagging process involves inserting microchips the size of a grain of rice into an animal’s body.
These contain information about the pet and its owners which can be scanned by, for example, animal shelters wishing to trace a lost pet’s owners.