Cute as a Button Labrador is not-so-popular dog at Battersea Brands Hatch

17 FEBRUARY 2017

A recent survey revealed that Labrador Retrievers are still coming out top as the most popular breed in the UK (just)*, but spare a thought for poor chocolate coated Buttons the Labrador, who is coming out top of the list – but for a very different reason – Buttons is one of the longest-stay dogs at Battersea Brands Hatch.  

For 27 years, Labradors have come out as the most popular breed according to the Kennel Club, and here at the world-renowned rescue centre, Battersea rehomed 43 Labradors in 2016, sadly though, Buttons wasn’t one of them. 

Sweet like chocolate, Buttons, is coming up to her 150th day at Battersea Brands Hatch, but it’s not a milestone she, or the staff, want to celebrate, instead everyone just wants to find a good home for her. 

Buttons is a two-year old girl, who can be quite shy and nervous at first, but once she gets to know you, she’ll be a friend for life. Potential owners will need some patience to gain her trust and understanding to build up her confidence. This means that Buttons’ ideal home is somewhere rural where she has the freedom to explore in a quieter environment. 

Anna Hemmings, Centre Manager at Battersea Brands Hatch, commented: “Poor Buttons has been with us for almost 150 days. We want to find her a loving new home with people who understand her. Given time and space, Buttons can be the perfect Lab companion!” 

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*Taken from Kennel Club – the top breed registrations in 2016


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Notes to editors  

  • Battersea Brands Hatch was opened in 1999.
  • The Brands Hatch centre typically cares for around 45 dogs and 30 cats at one time.
  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.  
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. 
  • In 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time. 
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883. 
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit 
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