Ever wondered what the most popular breed of dog is in Canada? The top breed insured with us is the Mixed Breed Dog. That’s right, Canadians love their crossbreeds, and rightly so! Whether you’re considering purchasing a new pet or you’re just feeling inquisitive, we’ve put together a guide of the most popular family dog breeds in Canada*, and why they make the ideal pets.
1. Mixed Breed Dog
Mutts, mongrels, hybrids, call them what you like, but there’s no denying they are the number one family breed in Canada. From the Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle), Puggle (Pug and Beagle) and Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle), there is a huge range of mixed breeds covering all shapes and sizes. They can be a mixture of two different breeds or several, making them truly unique! One reason for mixing breeds is that they combine the much-loved traits of particular dogs, and are said to be healthier and less susceptible to hereditary diseases.
2. Golden Retriever
The affectionate, family-friendly Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dogs, not just in Canada but also in the world. Not only are they obedient and intelligent, they are also easily contented, whether playing outdoors or spending time with children indoors. Their trainability is just one of the many reasons they are used as therapy and assistance dogs, as well as tracker and sniffer dogs.
3. Shih Tzu
If you’re looking for a lap dog, then the Shih Tzu may be for you. This toy dog requires less exercise than larger, more energetic breeds. Because of their size, they can live comfortably in smaller properties, which can be another plus point for budding dog owners. Originating from Tibet, their name translates to ‘lion dog’ but don’t let this fool you, they are gentle, affectionate and make excellent companions for children. They are also ideal for those with allergies since they shed little to no hair.
4. Yorkshire Terrier
Despite their small size, Yorkshire Terriers, or Yorkies, are bold and at times feisty, so consistent training is a must. They are also energetic, loyal and loving which makes them ideal household pets. What’s more, their playful personalities often mean they end up exercising themselves in the home, although this doesn’t mean they won’t require or appreciate regular walks! If you’re looking for a cute toy dog, the Yorkie should be a serious contender.
5. German Shepherd
Faithful and protective, few other breeds could make the home feel as safe and guarded as the German Shepherd. They are still the most favoured breed for use in the police and military, but their intelligence and trainability also make them extremely loyal companions. As another added benefit, they are fairly easy to keep groomed, despite their thick coats, although it’s advisable to brush them at least once or twice a week. They should also be socialized from an early age so they become familiar with different people and dogs to help prevent their sometimes suspicious disposition.
*Based on Trupanion data 2014