Dog breeds

Denver’s Most Popular Licensed Dog Breeds of 2021

    Data: City and County of Denver;  Graphic: Will Chase/Axios
Data: City and County of Denver; Graphic: Will Chase/Axios

For another year, Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas and German Shepherds led the list of Denver’s top dogs.

Driving the news: The reigning Chihuahua was knocked down from its No. 1 spot in 2020 and replaced by the Lab, based on an Axios Denver analysis of the city’s dog registry in 2021.

The big picture: Dog owners self-report their pup’s breed, so city data is at their word.

  • Denver Parks and Rec estimates the city is home to at least 158,000 dogs, although that number has not yet been updated based on the latest census, spokeswoman Cynthia Karvaski told Axios.
  • Only around 14,000 dogs – less than 10% – are allowed, although it is a legal requirement for all dogs and cats aged 6 months and over to be registered.

To note : Since Denver Animal Protection’s efforts to register more pets, dog licensing has increased 12% from 2020 to 2021, according to our analysis.

Be smart: The city offers a pet license tag equipped with a QR code that allows people to scan it with a smartphone camera and get the owner’s contact information, pet medical records and more.

  • Fees generated from pet licenses are used to fund animal welfare, including the care and investigation of reported strays.

ICYMI: More pit bull bites in 2021 than any other breed

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