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These Are Toronto’s Most Popular Dog Breeds Right Now & Frenchies Aren’t One Of Them

Torontonians love dogs of all shapes and sizes, but some definitely stand out from the pack.

All dogs may be lovable in their own way, but Torontonians clearly have a preference for certain breeds more than others. According to data from the City of Toronto obtained by Narcity, several breeds stand out from the pack in terms of popularity.

The data is based on the number of licensed cats and dogs that reside in the city, identified by breed and the first three digits of the owner's postal code. Of over 60,000 pets that were taken into forever homes in Toronto in 2020, more than 40,000 of them were dogs.

Labrador retrievers are by far the most popular pup in Toronto, according to the City's most recent data from 2020. There were 1,213 more of them registered than the second most popular breed, the golden retriever. Shih tzus came in third place as the most popular small dog breed in Toronto.

Despite the fact that French bulldogs are one of the most Instagrammed dogs, according to SO-SURE, only 500 of them were taken in as pets last year, and only 203 English bulldogs made it onto the list.

Toronto's 10 most popular dog breeds in 2020 are as follows:

  1. Labrador retriever - 4,353
  2. Golden retriever - 3,140
  3. Shih tzu - 2,418
  4. German shepherd - 2,064
  5. Cocker spaniel - 1,467
  6. Mini poodle - 1,422
  7. Smooth-coat chihuahua - 1,350
  8. Yorkshire terrier - 1,237
  9. Maltese - 1,197
  10. Poodle - 1,105

These are the most popular cat breeds in Toronto right now

The City also keeps a list of the most popular cat breeds, and according to the 2020 data set, one of them is especially popular.

A total of 12,911 domestic shorthair cats were registered in the city throughout the year, followed by 1,841 domestic mediumhair and 1,272 domestic longhair cats.

As for more unique breeds, 272 Siamese cats and 151 ragdoll cats were given homes in Toronto. There were also 30 sphynx and 90 Bengal cats included on the list.

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