• Pugs are the most popular tattoo of dog breeds, followed by French bulldogs and Dobermans
  • The research by pet insurance comparison site Money.co.uk also found that snakes are the most popular pet that humans are choosing to have inked on their body
  • Cats took second place as the pets most transformed into tattoos, with hairless sphynx cats being the most popular breed

There’s no disputing the love we have for our four-legged friends, from acuddly cockapoo to a loving labrador, they have definitely earned their placeas a man’s best friend. In fact, for many people their pooch means so much tothem that they’ll have their favourite breed tattooed on them as a permanentsymbol of their love.

Curious to discover which breed is the most popular in tattoo-form, petinsurance comparison site Money.co.uk analysed Google, Instagram and Pinterestdata to discover the most searched for and posted dog tattoos to reveal whichpooch is the most tattoo-worthy.

With nearly 25,000 Instagram posts alone, it’s the pug that is the mosttattooed breed in the world. The small, wrinkled-nosed pooch has over 103%more tattoo-related posts than the French bulldog, who came in second place.Most famous for their wrinkly faces and cute curly tails, pugs are well-knownfor their playful and loving temperament, as well as being Queen Victoria’sfavourite dog – she owned 38 in her reign. Interestingly, their small build isthe complete opposite of many of four-legged friends in the top ten, such as arottweiler and labrador.

Like the pug, the French bulldog, who takes second place, also shares therecognizable characteristics of a wrinkled face. Although the pug isn’t thesmallest breed in the top ten – beaten by the Mexican-born chihuahua who comesin fourth place – it is much smaller in build than the likes of a Dobermanpinscher who is third on the list and a rottweiler who ranks in the eighthposition. You only have to look at the weights of our canine friends tounderstand the stark size difference of those appearing high up in the list;for example, an average-sized pug weighs around 8kg compared to a rottweilerwho typically weighs 48kg.

Top 20 Most Tattooed Dog Breeds:

Dog breed

| Total posts and searches
1. Pug | 27,557
2. French Bulldog | 13,589
3. Doberman Pinscher | 8,464
4. Chihuahua | 6,332
5. Dachshund | 5,661
6. Greyhound | 4,009
7. Boston Terrier | 3,007
8. Rottweiler | 2,775
9. Poodle | 2,710
10. Labrador | 2,144
11. Beagle | 2,012
12. Whippet | 1,670
13. Schnauzer | 1,533
14. Pomeranian | 1,486
15. Shih Tzu | 1,341
16. Jack Russell | 1,134
17. Golden Retriever | 1,013
18. Border Collie | 976
19. Staffordshire Bull Terrier | 853
20. Chow Chow | 448

Money.co.uk also analysed the popularity of popular pets to uncover the otheranimals we love enough to have permanently penned onto our skin. It’ssurprising that the snake is the most popular species of choice when it comesto body art, beating cuter companions such as cats who were also found to rankabove cute canines as a tattoo choice.

Most Tattooed Pets Overall:

Pet type | Total Posts and Searches
1. Snake | 823,344
2. Cat | 703,327
3. Bird | 603,636
4. Dog | 442,739
5. Fish | 147,547
6. Turtle | 116,539
7. Horse | 109,917
8. Rabbit | 93,421
9. Lizard | 13,550
10. Tortoise | 2,853

As a result of cats being transformed into tattoos more than dogs, Money.co.ukalso looked into the specific breeds of felines that are most commonlytattooed onto our bodies. This research found that the number of sphynx cattattoos is 820% larger than the next most popular breed of a Siamese cat.Famous for its furless skin, the sphynx cat originates from Ontario, Canadawhere they were developed through selective breeding in the 1960’s. Thefurless appearance is the complete opposite of the maine coon who is famouslydubbed as ‘the gentle giant’ by Maine natives (of which it is the officialstate cat) due to its robust bone structure and abundance of fur.

Top 5 Most Tattooed Cat Breeds:

Cat breed | Total Posts and Searches
1. Sphynx | 7,939
2. Siamese | 861
3. Birman | 692
4. Maine Coon | 522
5. Persian | 321

To read the full research visit: https://www.money.co.uk/credit-cards/pet-tattoos


Money.co.uk combined the names of one hundred of the most popular dog breedswith the word ‘tattoo’ and ran the terms through Google, Instagram andPinterest. This provides an overall picture of both the amount of peoplesearching for these specific tattoos, as well as the number of these specifictattoos that have been documented via Instagram and Pinterest.

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