Townsville’s puppy love for man’s best friend

Date published: 30 December 2020

Townsville’s most dog-friendly suburbs and favourite breeds of dogs have been revealed.

There are more than 30,000 registered dogs across the city with Kirwan, Kelso and Mount Louisa having the highest number of dogs.

The most popular breed of dog in Townsville is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – or Staffy – with more than 3,700 of the breed registered in the city.

Environmental Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability Chair Margie Ryder said the number of registered dogs across the city demonstrates the need for residents to be responsible pet owners.

“Townsville is the perfect place to own a dog and we are a very pet-friendly population, but this means it is important that our pet owners are doing the right thing,” Cr Ryder said.

“With more than 30,000 registered dogs across the city, keeping dogs leashed and enclosed in yards properly will help keep our community safe and minimise any potential for dog attacks and injuries.

“I’d also urge anyone who has a dog that isn’t microchipped and registered to do so, it makes it much easier for us to reunite you with a missing pet.”

Townsville is also home to some unique breeds of dogs with only one of the following breeds registered in the city; Xoloitzcuintli, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Otterhound, and Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Top 5 dog-friendly suburbs:

  • Kirwan – 4517
  • Kelso – 2914
  • Mt Louisa – 2000
  • Annandale – 1618
  • Bushland Beach – 1546

Top 5 dog breeds:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Cross – 3709
  • Maltese Terrier Cross – 1927
  • Border Collie – 1599
  • Cattle Dog- 1544
  • Bull Arab Cross – 1273

Only One Club:

  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Finnish Lapphund
  • Flat Coated Retriever
  • Glen Of Imaal Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Leonberger
  • Lowchen Cross
  • Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
  • Otterhound
  • Petit Basset Griffin Vendeen
  • Swedish Vallhund
  • Xoloitzcuintli