Here are the most popular dog breeds and names in the Brockton area


Mixed-breed dogs are the most popular among pet owners in the Brockton area, accounting for over a third of dogs allowed.

Dog owners have listed approximately 1,000 of their pets as mixed breed and have specified what type of mix for approximately 5,000 dogs. The best 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, the Golden Retriever, and the Shih Tzu.

There are hundreds of licensed dogs who are the only ones of their breed in the area, including the hairless Xoloitzcuintli in Brockton.

The companyreviewed the City of Brockton and Towns of Abington, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Easton, Middleboro, Raynham, West Bridgewater and Whitman dog licenses for 2020, the most recent year of full filing.

Bella, Lucy and Bailey were the most popular dog names in the Brockton area.

The owners also named their pets after sports, historical figures, pop culture, food, places and mythology.

Some pets have been named after athletes from Boston sports teams, such as Brady, Tuukka, Gronk, Big Papi, and Larry Bird.

Others share names with actors and musicians, like a poodle in Middleboro named after 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 named after the fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes.

Brockton residents Denise Azor, left, and Pascele Azor walk with Sasha at DW Field Park in Brockton on Friday, November 6, 2020.

There is an English Bulldog in Bridgewater named Miss Lizzie Borden, after the woman from Fall River was tried and acquitted of the murder of her father and stepmother in 1892.

The owners have given titles to their pets including Doctor, Sir, Lady and Captain, which is the case with a Jack Russell Terrier named Captain Jake in Brockton.

Some have received royal titles like Little Paula of Tispaquin Pond, a Labrador Retriever in Middleboro and Francisco Eduardo of Bridgewater, a Labrador mix.

There are over 18,000 dogs licensed in the Brockton area in 2020, data shows, but the number of dogs in the community is likely higher.

Bridgewater Clerk Marilee Kenney Hunt has previously said it is important for owners to register their dogs so towns know if they have been vaccinated against rabies, which can be spread through saliva.

Janice Schuster with her dog 'Chace' during an animal blessing service at Pearl Street United Methodist Church in Brockton on Saturday October 24, 2020.

Not all dogs are allowed and local clerks’ offices can’t always call every resident to register a pet or confirm that an animal has died or moved to remove it from records, local clerks said.

Kenney Hunt said employees have other ways to collect enough information for dog licenses, such as including a registration form with other city forms mailed, posting city ​​dog ​​licensing signs and online licensing information sharing.

Editor-in-Chief Mina Corpuz can be contacted by email at [email protected] You can follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.

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