(Kennel Club Press Release) Staffordshire Bull Terriers are more likely to go missing than any other breed of dog, reveals Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found pet database.
The statistics, released as part of National Microchipping Month, revealed that since 2000, 20,000 dogs have been reported missing to Petlog, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers make up 12 per cent of those still missing.
The top five missing breeds also include, Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, German Shepherd Dogs and Jack Russell Terriers, and collectively make up 30 per cent of the total number of dogs currently missing.
Whilst 20,000 dogs registered with Petlog are still currently reported as missing in the UK, almost 240,000 dogs were reunited thanks to their microchip during the same time period. Of the dogs currently missing, Staffordshire Bull Terriers in South East London top the list.
For more than ten years, Petlog, which is managed by the Kennel Club, has been running National Microchipping Month throughout June to raise the profile of pet microchipping and its benefits, and also to educate pet owners about how it works, the need to keep contact details up to date and how to get the most out of a lost and found database.
The microchipping of all dogs will become compulsory in England, Scotland and Wales from 2016. From 6th April 2016 all dogs in England must be microchipped and their details registered on a microchip database.
Celia Walsom, Petlog Executive said: “The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of the nation’s most popular breeds and unfortunately comes out at the top of the missing list.
“It is devastating when a dog goes missing, and not knowing what has happened to them can be heart-breaking for the thousands of people whose dogs go missing every year.
“Microchipping is a great reunification tool but, to ensure it works, contact details must be kept up to date.
“When people move, change phone number or email address, they should immediately update their information on the microchip database otherwise they risk not being reunited with their lost pet.”
National Microchipping Month takes place throughout June each year and numerous microchip databases, dog welfare organisations and veterinary clinics have been promoting the benefits of microchipping to pet owners.
To find out more about National Microchipping Month, please visit: www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk.