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These are the Most Popular Dog Breeds in Canada in 2021: Study

a Golden Retriever lounging on the couch

It’s been a challenging two years filled with anxiety and uncertainty, but one of the rare bright spots to have come out of the pandemic is the ability for pet owners to spend more time at home with their furry friends. Or, for first-time pet parents to get properly acquainted with their new four-legged roommates. So, it would make sense that there was a high volume of online search traffic around various dog breeds throughout the year.

Related: How much owning a dog actually costs.

According to a study conducted by MapleCasino, Canadians searched dog breeds more than 37 million times in the last 12 months. The casino experts analyzed online data for a variety of dog breeds before curating a list of the top 10 most searched pups across the country.

See also: How to prepare your pandemic puppy for your return to work.

These are the most popular dog breeds in Canada in 2021

Golden Retrievers came out on top in terms of online searches, followed closely by the Japanese breed Shiba Inu (although MapleCasino flagged that this could also be due to cryptocurrency that shares the same name). Coming in third place are Cane Corsos, the beloved Italian Mastiff breed.

  • Golden Retrievers — 1, 572,000
  • Shiba Inu — 1,488,000
  • Cane Corso — 1,392,000
  • Border Collie — 1,260,000 (tied)
  • French Bulldog — 1,260,000 (tied)
  • Rottweiler — 1,164,000
  • Pomeranian — 996,000
  • Papillon — 876,000
  • Bernese Mountain Dog — 864,000 (tied)
  • Shih Tzu — 864,000 (tied)

“Dogs are one of the most popular choice of pets in Canadian households, so it’s interesting to see what breeds are the most popular in the country,” MapleCasino said in a press release. “The data shows that Golden Retriever is the most popular breed, and this is probably due to them having desirable traits like being friendly, reliable and trustworthy.”

They added, “During the lockdowns of the past couple of years, many people have sought companionship in the form of a dog as owners are often able to spend more time with their four-legged friend due to working from home.”

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