Dog owners urged to take part in charity's national survey - The Evesham Observer

Dog owners urged to take part in charity's national survey

Evesham Editorial 9th May, 2024   0

DOGS Trust Evesham is calling on dog lovers in the region to take part in the country’s largest dog census.

With more than a third of all UK homes now shared with at least one dog, the nation’s largest dog welfare charity wants to hear from owners during their National Survey.

The census asks owners about everything from the most common canine behaviour traits, day to day habits, family relationships with four-legged friends and much more.

Data from the survey will be used by Dogs Trust to help shape the services and support offered by the charity to the nation’s dog owners.

In 2023, in direct response to insight gained from the National Dog Survey, the charity launched its Behaviour Support Line, offering owners free expert advice and guidance.

Meanwhile, Dogs Trust has also launched pet food banks in many of its 21 rehoming centres, and in some of its charity shops, to support owners struggling with the cost of living.

Last year, 244,478 owners completed the survey, providing insights on 348,533 dogs. From the data, it was understood almost 11 per cent of all dogs in the UK are crossbreeds, with Labradors being the number one pedigree, followed by Cocker Spaniels.

Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshunds have seen a massive 85 per cent rise in popularity in recent years. And over two thirds of UK dog owners have taken their dog on a UK holiday with them.

Most popular names for pooch’s were found to be Poppy and Alfie followed by Bella and Charlie.

Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dogs Trust, said: “We want to hear from even more this year so we can gain as many insights as possible about dog ownership in the UK, helping us to shape our support for dog owners and improve dog welfare.

“The insights gained from this year’s survey will ensure Dogs Trust can continue to adapt the way we support dogs and their owners, helping them to live the best lives possible together.”

Visit to complete the survey online. It will run until June 14, 2024.

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