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The Unlove-a-bulls? Most unpopular dog breeds revealed

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The Unlove-a-bulls? Most unpopular dog breeds revealed

Published at 6:15pm 13th February 2019.

This Valentine’s Day, the RSPCA has revealed the ‘most unloved’ breeds of dogs who struggle to find their perfect partner.

The average time it takes to rehome a dog in RSPCA care is 38 days...but sadly for some of the animals in the charity's care they have to wait a little bit longer.

The latest data shows that Rhodesian Ridgeback’s have waited the longest for their forever homes, with an average stay of 118 days, while English Bull Terrier crosses wait 97 days and American bulldogs 76 days.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are the most frequently seen dog breed in RSPCA care and also wait longer than average for love - 47 days - this is despite Staffies being recently voted Britain’s most loved dog.

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Two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier is currently looking for a home.


Number looking for homes (2016-2018)

Average no. of days to find a home

  1. Rhodesian Ridgeback



2. English Bull Terrier Cross



3. American Bulldog



4. Bull mastiff



5. German Shepherd Cross



6. Saluki Cross



7. British bulldog cross



8. Shar-pei cross



9. Shar-pei



10. Boxer cross




Lisa Hens, pet welfare expert at the RSPCA, said:

"It's probably due to a combination of reasons. For example, size or beliefs about particular breeds and types can stop people from even considering the possibility of adopting certain dogs. And with so many of the same type of dog in our care it can be difficult for individuals to stand out from the crowd despite their great potential. Sadly in some cases, animals are overlooked just because of how they look.

“We would urge anyone looking for a pet to do their research especially as the reputation of a particular breed or type is often undeserved. Just like people, all dogs are individuals and they should find out if they are a good match for that particular animal to see if they can offer them a loving home.”

Millie went into care with the RSCPA after the death of her beloved owner who she had lived with her entire life.

To see all the animal available for rehoming in RSPCA care visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet.

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