If you have a Cavoodle named Luna, congratulations – you have officially topped both of the ACT’s puppy popularity lists for 2020!
Cavoodles were the most popular pup during a year marred by a pandemic, followed by Kelpies and Border Collies, as Canberrans turned towards man’s best friend during lockdowns.
Charlie and Lucy were the next most popular names.
The full list is as follows:
The top 10 registered breeds were:
- Border Collie
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Jack Russell Terrier
- German Shepherd
Meanwhile, Minister for City Services Chris Steel has reminded Canberrans to take steps to keep their pets safe and healthy at this time of year with Domestic Animal Services traditionally recording an increase in lost dogs around the holiday period.
“Canberra is a great place to own a dog and it is important people remember their responsibilities when caring for a pet,” he said.
“We are asking the public to be especially mindful during this period and look after their pets. An important first step is to make sure your pet’s registration and microchip details are up-to-date and their yard is secure.
“Do not leave your dog unattended while you go on holidays. If you are leaving your dog in the care of someone while you go on holidays, ensure that your dog’s carer is familiar with its feeding and exercise requirements.”
The ACT Government is also warning Canberrans to buy their new pets from a reputable source after a number of scams in the region recently.
“The ACT Government has been working to crack down on people who are selling animals without a breeder’s licence, with new advertising requirements introduced in 2020 for when you sell or rehome any cat or dog in the ACT,” Minister Steel said.
For more information on responsible pet ownership visit www.cityservices.act.gov.au.