Staffies are the most tagged dogs in town

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier

THE Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been the most electronically tagged dog in Wigan, latest figures have revealed.

According to statistics from the last decade supplied by Petlog and Animalcare, it shows that 2,500 of the breed have been microchipped.

In second place is the Labrador Retriever with 2,000 being tagged with 1,600 Jack Russells in third place.

The top five is then made up with 1,200 Shih Tzus and 1,000 Yorkshire Terriers.

Wigan’s figures are similar to the national statistics which show that the Labrador is in first place as the most microchipped, Jack Russells are the second most popular while the Staffie is down in third.

Border Collies and Cocker Spaniels in fourth and fifth respectively, while Yorkshire Terriers and Shih Tzus are eighth and ninth.

Regionally, Staffordshire Bull Terriors are the most microchipped dogs in the North West, London and the Midlands while Labradors dominate the rest of the country.

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has announced that all dogs in England must be microchipped, by law, from April 6 2016.

In addition, a change to the law governing dangerous dogs is planned, which will close a loophole that currently means owners cannot be prosecuted if their dog attacks an individual on private property.

The Government is not providing free microchips to dog owners, but support from charity the Dogs Trust will see some free microchips supplied to veterinary clinics.

The microchipping scheme is considered be a successful way of reuniting owners with lost or stolen pets.

It should also help relieve the pressure on animal charities, rehoming centres and local authorities, and protect the welfare of dogs.