31 December 2021

The Staffy is Canberra's top dog for 2021 but what is the top dog name?

| Max O'Driscoll
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The Staffy was Canberra’s top dog breed for 2021 and Charlie was the top dog name. Photo: Facebook.

The results are in and the Staffy is Canberra’s top dog for 2021.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier rose to become Canberra’s most popular breed in 2021, leaping from fourth place on the 2020 ladder.

The Staffy managed to hold out the Labrador and the Jack Russell Terrier which were the second and third most popular breeds respectively.

The full top 10 list is as follows:

  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  2. Labrador
  3. Jack Russell Terrier
  4. Border Collie
  5. Cavoodle
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Kelpie
  8. Maltese Terrier
  9. Golden Retriever
  10. Cattle Dog

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More than 82,000 dogs are currently registered in the ACT and Charlie is Canberra’s most popular dog name, surpassing 2020 leader Luna.

The top 10 list is as follows:

  1. Charlie
  2. Luna
  3. Bella
  4. Daisy
  5. Coco
  6. Molly
  7. Frankie
  8. Max
  9. Archie
  10. Ruby

Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel spoke to some of the improvements being made in pet ownership in the ACT.

“In July the ACT Government introduced compulsory annual dog registration to help lost furry friends get reunited with their owners more quickly and strengthen responsible pet ownership,” said Mr Steel.

“The annual reminder process ensures we have accurate information about how many dogs live in the ACT and where they are, so we can plan and deliver better local infrastructure like dog parks. As an added bonus, we also now have more information than ever before about popular dog names and breeds.”

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The ACT Government wanted to remind pet owners that having up-to-date registration details for their pet is part of the responsibility of dog ownership.

They also wanted to remind the community about their responsibilities in the warmer months, stressing the importance of never leaving the dog in the car, exercising dogs at suitable times of the day and ensuring they have access to fresh water at all times.

With many Canberra residents heading away on holidays across the festive season, they pointed to the several ACT boarding kennels that can house, feed and exercise dogs.

“Being a dog owner brings a lot of joy into our lives, but it also comes with some responsibilities. Being a responsible pet owner means ensuring your dog is happy, healthy and not a safety risk or nuisance to others – during the festive season and right through the year,” Mr Steel said.

More information on responsible dog ownership including registering your dog can be found on the City Services website.

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