British pub culture, an integral part of life in the UK, extends to dogs as well. New research from reveals that 78% of dogs are regular pub-goers.

According to the research, 1 in 5 pet parents (22%) got their dogs with the intention of them becoming ‘pub dogs’. This decision is influenced by the desire to maintain social circles (37%), help socialise their pups (48%), and build their dogs’ confidence around people (35%). Interestingly, over half (55%) of respondents feel more confident socialising with strangers when accompanied by their dog than when having a drink.

Rover is calling on dog owners to apply for what it terms ‘the best job in the world’—becoming a ‘Rover Tavern Tester’. These testers and their furry friends will be paid to visit pubs and evaluate their dog-friendly amenities.

Survey Findings on Pub Dogs

The survey highlights that Golden Retrievers (12%) are considered the best pub companions, followed by Labrador Retrievers (9%) and Cocker Spaniels (7%). The top breeds are favoured for their friendly and laid-back personalities.

Top 10 Breeds for Pub Dogs:

  1. Golden Retriever (12%)
  2. Labrador Retriever (9%)
  3. Cocker Spaniel (7%)
  4. Cockapoo (7%)
  5. Jack Russell Terrier (6%)
  6. French Bulldog (5%)
  7. German Shepherd (5%)
  8. Border Collie (4%)
  9. Dachshund (4%)
  10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier (3%)

A significant 71% of pet parents believe their dogs enjoy trips to the pub as much as visits to the park, attributing this to extra fussing (52%) and treats (53%). However, over a quarter (28%) have felt unwelcome at pubs, with 22% having been asked to leave due to their dog.

Pub Preferences and Challenges

Given the desire for dog-friendly environments, 37% of pet parents avoid pubs that lack suitable facilities. Furthermore, 38% prioritise their dog’s experience over their own, enduring higher prices (21%) and sitting outside (40%) to access water bowls (71%), treats (37%), and dog-friendly staff (58%).

Applications to become a Rover Tavern Tester are open from Sunday 2nd June to Sunday 16th June. Each tester will be paid to visit ten pubs, assessing amenities and staff friendliness. Interested parties can apply through Rover’s website.

Expert Advice for Pub Visits

Adem Fehmi, Rover’s Canine Behaviourist, notes that pub visits can be enjoyable for dogs under the right conditions. He advises that owners ensure their dogs are comfortable in social environments and not disruptive to others.

For a pub to be dog-friendly, it should offer a calm atmosphere with designated indoor and outdoor spaces away from busy areas. Essential amenities include dog beds, blankets, poo bags, and fresh water bowls. Providing treats and toys is a bonus. Staff should also be familiar with catering to dogs, ensuring they feel welcome.