Since we just returned from #Interzoo2018, we thought it would be fun to share some information from our friends at Protectivity, a pet insurance company that provides pet insurance in Europe. The company recently analyzed Google’s search volume data for countries across Europe to find out the most popular dogs by breed. Their results may surprise you:
The Cane Corso is the top dog, and the most Googled breed across Europe. This large Italian Mastiff can weigh over 7 stone and is known for being a highly intelligent and very family-orientated breed. Cane Corso roughly translates from Latin as “bodyguard dog”, which is no surprise considering the breed’s large frame! According to the AKC, the Cane Corso has gained popularity over the last few years, rising 13 places in their Most Popular Dog Breed Ranking List since 2013. It’s the most searched for breed in 12 countries including the likes of France, Luxembourg and Latvia.
The Rottweiller is Europe’s second most searched for breed, topping the list in 10 different countries. This classic, well-known breed is believed to have descended from dogs used by the Romans as they marched through Europe. They are known for being intelligent, strong and loyal dogs which is probably why they’re so popular. The Rottweiler is an online favorite in countries like the Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland.
The Pug came in third place as the most searched for breed in eight different countries across Europe including Russia, Turkey and Portugal. The Pug is currently at its peak in terms of popularity with Pug themed products available all over the place. You can get ‘Pug’ pretty much anything from pyjamas to handbags and even phone cases. We’re clearly obsessed with those little scrunched up faces!
The French Bulldog is the most Googled dog breed in the UK. This characterful breed fails to appear anywhere else across Europe, but is also the most searched for breed in the United States, the most popular dog in New York City. The French Bulldog, despite its name, actually originated in England and only became known as the French Bulldog in the late 19th and 20th centuries after gaining popularly with Paris’ bohemian class. Today, the breed makes for a great city pet, known for needing little dog walking and having a quiet demeanor.
So, overall all it’s the mighty Cane Corso that takes the lead in Europe, but whether your favorite breed is a Labrador, a Collie or Pit Bull, we can certainly all agree that dogs as a whole are just great and we couldn’t live without them!