The most popular dog breeds

The results of the Great Australian Dog Survey are in! Nearly 13,000 Australian dog owners completed it. Read on to find out about the most popular dog breeds in Australia to help you choose the right one for your Mount Isa home and lifestyle.

The top 5

According to the survey, the top 5 list is below.

  1. Cavoodle

The Cavoodle is a crossbreed of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. They are known for their friendly and affectionate nature, low-shedding coat and high intelligence, making them a popular family pet.

  1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are known for their friendly and outgoing personalities. They are highly intelligent and trainable. They are also great family pets due to their loyal and gentle nature. Labs come in three main colours: black, yellow, and chocolate.

  1. Greyhound

Greyhounds are known for their speed and grace. Although they are commonly used for racing due to their incredible running abilities, they also make great family pets. Despite their reputation as high-energy dogs, they are actually quite laid back and enjoy spending time lounging with their owners. Greyhounds are typically gentle and loving dogs that make excellent companions.

  1. Border Collie

Border Collies are highly intelligent and known for their herding abilities. They are incredibly athletic and require lots of physical exercise and mental stimulation. Border Collies are also known for their loyalty and trainability, which makes them great working dogs and family pets. They come in a variety of colours, including black and white, red and white, and tricolour.

  1. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are known for their friendly and outgoing personalities. They are highly trainable and make excellent family pets as they are gentle and patient with children. As the name of the breed suggests, Golden Retrievers typically have a thick golden or cream-coloured coat.

Other key findings from the survey

  • 40% of Australians own a dog.
  • 29% of dog owners have 2 or more dogs.
  • 33% of owners under the age of 35 have an Instagram account for their dog.
  • 36% of owners regret not giving their dog more training.
  • 37% are less interested in having kids due to owning their dog.
  • 50% of owners say it’s harder to cope with their dog dying rather than the death of a human in their lives.
  • 5% would take a pay cut to spend more time with their dogs.
  • 51% of survey participants bought their dog from a breeder, followed by adoption from a rescue organisation
  • (22%), online (11%) and from friends (10%).
  • 61% of dog owners spend more than $1,000 on their dogs each year.
  • 64% have made new friends because of their dog.
  • 65% have their dogs sleep either in their bed with them or in their bedroom.
  • 71% agree with dogs being allowed in pubs and cafes.
  • 73% buy their dog a new toy at least every two months.
  • 74% of owners spent more than $1,000 to buy their dog.
  • 75% choose to buy breeds that have a similar temperament to their own.
  • 78% of dog owners would spend more to buy or rent a property that better suited their dog’s needs.
  • 83% agreed that having a dog makes it harder to go on holiday due to the difficulty of finding a dog sitter when they go away.
  • 97% of owners feed their dogs treats regularly.

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