Toy poodles remain the most popular dog breed in Japan in 2022

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Toy Poodles ranked first in the Japanese Popular Dog Breeds 2022 ranking released by pet insurance company Anicom Insurance, while the most popular dog name was Mugi.

Toy poodles remained at the top of the 2022 ranking of popular dog breeds in Japan for the thirteenth consecutive year, while Chihuahuas and mixed breeds (weighing less than 10 kilograms) ranked second and third respectively.

The survey was conducted based on 125,711 pets less than one year old when they enrolled in an Anicom pet insurance plan in 2021. Toy poodles accounted for 25,848 of those pets. pets, or 20.6% of the total, while Chihuahuas made up 18,112, or 14.4%, and mixed breeds numbered 17,477, or 13.9%. Other prominent dog breeds included the fourth-ranked Shiba-inu (including the Mameshiba-inu), the fifth-ranked Miniature Dachshund, and the sixth-ranked Pomeranian.

Ranking of popular dog breeds 2022

Created by Nippon.com based on data from Anicom.

Of the top 10 dog breeds, only the Miniature Dachshund, ranked sixth last year, and the Pomeranian, ranked fifth, changed their rankings. The popularity of small dogs (weighing between 5 and 10 kilograms) was noticeable in general. The only two medium-sized dogs (between 10 and 20 kilograms) in the ranking were the shiba-inu and the French bulldog.

Just outside the top 10 were the Maltese, followed by the Kaninchen Dachshund, Golden Retriever, Pug, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Labrador Retriever.

The ranking of dog names published by Anicom in November 2021 shows that the most popular name was Mugi (which means “wheat”), followed by Koko (Coco), Sora (which means “sky”), Mocha and Maron (which means “chestnut”), respectively. Mugi and Koko changed places from the previous leaderboard, with Mugi taking the top spot.

Classification of dog names

Created by Nippon.com based on data from Anicom.

The dog name survey covered 127,501 dogs less than one year old when enrolled in an Anicom pet insurance plan during a one-year period ending September 30, 2021 The most common name for males was Reo (Leo), followed by Sora, Mugi, Kotarō, and Maru, while Koko was the most popular female given name, followed by Mugi, Momo, Hana, and Mocha.

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)

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