Natures Menu creates brainteaser to celebrate National Dog Day

A brand-new brainteaser, created by Natures Menu to celebrate National Dog Day, has Brits chasing their tails trying to find the Xoloitzcuintle amongst the well-known breeds.

The Xoloitzcuintle, or Xolo, is pronounced ‘show-low-eats-queent-lee’. More commonly known as a Mexican hairless dog, Xolos are known for their lack of hair and inquisitive temperament.

James Langan, Managing Director of Natures Menu said: “With the number of people owning dogs increasing since lockdown began, we have discovered the UK’s most popular dog breeds and which are the most unusual. Whilst many people have opted for a Cockapoo, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel or Labrador, we have also seen some unusual dog breeds joining new pet parents, according to research from the Natures Menu database – Affenpinscher, Akbash, Bolognese and even a Xoloitzcuintle.

“We wanted to create a light-hearted brainteaser to provide Brits with a challenge – and who doesn’t love looking at dogs!”

Recent research from Natures Menu reveals that not only has the number of dog owners increased since March 2020, but that over two-thirds of pet parents believe their pooches are happier now than they were before lockdown began.*

Top 10 unusual dog breeds emerging this year:

  1. Xoloitzcuintle
  2. Affenpinscher
  3. Akbash
  4. Pumi
  5. Hokkaido
  6. Drever
  7. Pharaoh Hound
  8. Tamaskan
  9. Griffon Nivernais
  10. Estrela Mountain Dog

Top 10 most popular dogs this year:

  1. Cockapoo
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. French Bulldog
  4. German Shepherd
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  6. Cocker Spaniel
  7. Jack Russell Terrier
  8. Golden Retriever
  9. Springer Spaniel
  10. Pug

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*Survey of 1,000 members of the public in the UK, commissioned by Natures Menu, April 2020