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What dog breeds are most likely to end up in shelters

When it comes to different dog breeds, there is a bit of a popularity contest going on. In recent years, social media and celebrities have massively influenced what breeds are most in demand. While there has been a rise in popularity for breeds such as Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs, there are some breeds that frequently get left at animal shelters throughout the UK. Read on to find out why some of our four-legged friends are more likely to end up in shelters.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers

When taking a look around your local shelter, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a furry face you’re likely to see staring back at you. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier or ‘Staffy’ as they are often known, make loving and loyal family pets. They are also known to be very gentle and caring with children. While their popularity has increased over the last 20 years, Staffies have been used for fighting or as a status symbol by unscrupulous owners. This often leads to poorly trained dogs that end up in a rescue centre.


First introduced in the UK in 1971, the Siberian Husky is a hard-working and loyal dog breed. Although lovely and cuddly, Huskies need a lot of food and exercise every day. If they are not provided with the right amount of food and exercise, this is when they can become problematic, often getting frustrated due to pent up energy. Huskies, while completely adorable, are not for novice dog owners. These pooches should only be considered as a pet by someone who has undertaken a significant amount of research on the breed. Only after you have done the research and feel completely comfortable and confident in your ability to look after a Husky, should you consider buying or rescuing this breed.

Doberman Pinschers

These black and tan pooches are an extremely handsome breed and are of German origins. Quite often chosen as guard dogs due to their bold, proud and alert temperament, Dobermans are also very loyal and affectionate, given the right attention and training. Unfortunately, if Dobermans don’t get the right care and their owners don’t learn enough about the traits of the breed and their requirements, they often end up in shelters.

German Shepherds

The German Shepherd dog has been a popular breed in the UK for many years and they first came to the country over 100 years ago! Well-known for their loyalty and hard-working nature, German Shepherd dogs are often found working alongside the police, military and private security firms. They’re intelligent, loyal and protective and as such, make great pets or companions. However, incorrect handling or insufficient training from inexperienced owners can make them difficult to look after. When choosing any breed, you need to make sure you haven’t bit off more than you can chew!


Sadly, Border Terriers, Jack Russells and other terrier breeds pass through rescues year after year. Their small stature and cute faces often mislead owners into thinking that they don’t need much exercise, attention or training. However, terriers are lively, intelligent dogs and they can be prone to stubbornness. Terriers require firm handling and unambiguous training to ensure their sharp brains are kept active. Without this, unruly terriers that hold the alpha role in the household can be snappy and difficult to handle by inexperienced owners.


Loyal, devoted and loving, Greyhounds sound like the perfect companion for any dog owner. However, this short-haired breed needs an abundance of vigorous exercise to be truly happy. They can also suffer from separation anxiety when left alone, can be extremely timid around strangers and have a strong prey instinct, meaning care should be taken as to where and when these dogs are taken off their lead. Often, Greyhounds that are found in rescues are ex-race dogs that have found the adjustment to a retired life very difficult.


With many similar traits to a Greyhound, Lurchers are affectionate, playful and great with children. Their need for vigorous exercise means they need a home with pet parents who love the outdoors. Although Lurchers do respond well to commands, whether they choose to listen or not is a different matter! Their stubborn streak and need for constant exercise are possibly why these loveable pooches are often found in shelters.

Border Collies

Seen as one of the most intelligent dog breeds, Border Collies are sheepdogs at heart who love nothing more than running. They need lots of exercise and mental stimulation, and in the right hands, they can be extremely easy to train. While this loveable breed may seem to be the perfect choice for a family pet, their need for high levels of activity can make them very demanding on owners who aren’t able to give them the right level of exercise. Sadly, this is why Border Collies often end up needing to be rescued from shelters. This breed is best rescued by experienced dog owners to ensure they can provide the right home for the working dog.

With so many dogs in need of a loving home, why not contact your local shelter to find out if they have any four-legged friends that would fit in your family home? No matter the breed, every dog deserves a TastyBone and we have one suitable for every size and shape! Discover the extensive range here.