(Check back here next month when we’ll be sharing what other pet characteristics are most-searched for too, including color, sex, and coat length!)
Wondering which breeds to choose? This can help!
If you’re trying to make a decision when selecting a breed for a pet’s listing on Adopt-a-Pet.com, consider using the closest match to one of the top searched-for breeds — see our lists below! Of course be truthful, but instead of just “Terrier mix (Unknown type, small)” if the pet might be a Yorkie and Chihuahua mix, pick those two breeds instead. Why? Most people using Adopt-a-Pet.com search by breed: 63% of dog searches and 50% of cat searches select a breed. (Bonus tip: Dogs who have both a primary and a secondary breed selected will come up in searches for both breeds, getting seen by more adopters. So if the dog is a mix, choose both a primary and secondary breed.) More people seeing your pets means more chances at a great home!
Top searched-for Dog Breeds on Adopt-a-Pet.com
2. English Bulldog
3. German Shepherd Dog
5. Labrador Retriever
6. Shih Tzu
7. Golden Retriever
8. Husky / Siberian Husky
10. American Pit Bull Terrier
12. Poodle (Toy or Tea Cup)
13. French Bulldog
Top searched-for Cat Breeds on Adopt-a-Pet.com
1. Maine Coon
The above search data was compiled from September 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016 from 60,751,681 dog and cat searches run on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
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