DOG lovers can now use wearable trackers like FitBits to help them find the perfect pooch.
The FitBark is a new device and lets animal lovers find out how much sleep and exercise every breed needs to discover their ideal match.
And out of the ten favourite dogs in the UK, Bulldogs are the laziest and Spaniels the most demanding according to data from the tech firm from hundreds of thousands of dogs worldwide.
Dr Wayne Carter, a vet and expert in Animal Research, said using the findings could mean less pets being dumped when owners realised they didn’t suit their lifestyle.
He explained: “We can look at this data and think ‘are we choosing the right breed?’ It’s fascinating to examine the different activity levels of dogs.
“We now know some dogs such a terriers need more exercise than others, some breeds like Boxers sleep well and some dogs don’t but we’ve never been able to see this before.
“So if you’re an elderly person it would seem like common sense to choose a dog that isn’t really very active, but you also need to make sure you chose a dog that sleeps well too.”
French Bulldogs might look adorable but according to the data they need 72 minutes exercise a day and spend 15 hours resting or sleeping, making them one of the more active small dogs.
The Kennel Club has seen a 47% rise in owners registering the breed, a favourite with celebrities like Holly Willoughby, Madonna and Lady Gaga, and predict they’ll be more popular than Labradors by the end of 2018.
The laziest of the ten most popular dogs in the UK was the Bulldog. They rest for 16 hours a day and only need 42 minutes of exercise.
The most active breed was the Spaniel, with Springers needing 108 minutes of exercise and Cockers – just like Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Lupo – bounding around for 96 minutes.
They were also the breed that rested the least at 13 hours, and Springers enjoying 14 hours.
Mini Schnauzers were the next most active, needing one and a half hours of exercise, followed by Border Terriers at 78 minutes. Both small breeds like to rest for 14 hours.
Pugs were found to scamper about for 66 minutes a day and rested for 15 hours.
Of the larger breeds, German Shepherds needed the most walks at 72 minutes a day, followed by labradors at 66 minutes and Golden Retrievers at one hour.
The Golden Retriever rested the most of the three, at 15 hours, with German Shepherds and Labradors lying down for 14 hours.
The FitBark device clips onto collars and works just like a human FitBit monitoring heartbeat and movement and gives a health report via an app.
It even has a page comparing doggy steps to humans – you can read my review of how Daisy got on with hers here.
The owner gives their furry friend’s age, weight and breed then each pet is given a set amount of points to collect each day.
Any dramatic changes in their sleep and activity can indicate a dog is ill – something they usually try to hide – and early treatment could mean they live longer.
Dr Carter explained: “They want their owners to be happy so they often don’t do anything to indicate if they aren’t feeling well.
“The health index looks at everything from sleep efficiency, how much they are sleeping, their activity and gives a time frame comparison.
“This can indicate the onset of problems like arthritis and diabetes and the earlier they’re treated, the better the outcome will be.”
A version of this story appeared in Daily Star Sunday – you can read it below!