Mixed breed dogs are the most popular among pet owners in the Brockton area, accounting for more than a third of licensed dogs.
Dog owners listed about 1,000 of their pets as mixed breed and they specified what kind of mix for about 5,000 dogs. The top mixed breeds are Labrador retriever mixes, terrier mixes and golden retriever and poodle mixes.
The most popular single dog breed is the Labrador retriever followed by the German shepherd, golden retriever and Shih Tzu.
There are hundreds of licensed dogs that are the only ones of their breed in the area, including the hairless Xoloitzcuintli in Brockton.
The Enterprisereviewed dog licenses from the city of Brockton and towns of Abington, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Easton, Middleboro, Raynham, West Bridgewater and Whitman for 2020, the most recent year of complete records.
Bella, Lucy and Bailey were the most popular dog names in the Brockton area.
Owners also named their pets after sports, historical figures, pop culture, food, places and mythology.
Some pets were named after athletes from Boston’s sports teams, like Brady, Tuukka, Gronk, Big Papi and Larry Bird.
Others share names with actors and musicians, like a poodle in Middleboro named for country singer Toby Keith and a Labrador mix in Bridgewater named after actress Lucille Ball.
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi is named Furlock Holmes, which is a play on the name of the fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes.
There is an English Bulldog in Bridgewater named Miss Lizzie Borden, after the Fall River woman tried and acquitted of the murder of her father and stepmother in 1892.
Owners have given titles to their pets, including doctor, sir, lady and captain, which is the case for a Jack Russell Terrier named Captain Jake in Brockton.
Some were given regal titles like Little Paula of Tispaquin Pond, a Labrador Retriever in Middleboro and Francisco Eduardo of Bridgewater, a Labrador mix.
There are more than 18,000 dogs licensed in the Brockton area in 2020, according to data, but the number of dogs in the community is likely higher.
Bridgewater Town Clerk Marilee Kenney Hunt previously said that it is important for owners to register their dogs so that towns can know if they have been vaccinated for rabies, which can be spread by saliva.
Not all dogs are licensed and local clerks offices can’t always call every resident to register pet or confirm a pet has died or moved away to remove them from records, local clerks said.
Kenney Hunt said that clerks have other ways of collecting enough information for dog licenses, such as including a registration form with other town forms sent by mail, posting signs about dog licenses around town and share information abut licenses online.
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