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Most popular dog breeds in Norway 2018, by number of registrations

There were nearly 28 thousand new registrations of pet dogs in Norway in 2018. Among these, measured by new registration numbers, the most popular dog breed was the short-haired German-Shepherd. This might be since German-Shepherd dogs are known for a very loyal, confident and courageous character.

Comparison to the Nordic countries

  The German-Shephard dog breed was very popular in all Nordic countries. In Denmark and Sweden, the breed ranked second, by the number of new registrations. People from both countries seemed to like the Labrador Retriever best, having a friendly, active and outgoing character.

 Banned dog breeds 

In Norway, dog breeds which are considered potentially aggressive and dangerous are banned. It is also illegal to have crossbreeds of them or import these dogs into the country. Moreover, it is against the law to import dogs that have been trained to attack. Banned dog breed are for example Pit Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers. In general, the import of live animals is strictly regulated. Despite the strict regulations, the import value of live animals has been high in 2017 compared to the previous years.

Most popular dog breeds in Norway in 2018, by number of registrations

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January 2019



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refers to registrations by the Norwegian Kennel Club

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