In recent years we’ve watched as the popularity of personalised number plates has rocketed. With so many options to choose from, and with it being an affordable and potentially profitable investment, more and more people are opting to show their true colours with number plates that let their personality shine.
It’s no secret that Britain is a country of dog lovers. So it was only a matter of time before we saw the emergence of thousands of Brits choosing to have personalised number plates stamped with meaningful names, initials and dates relating to their furry friends. What better way is there to show one’s love and appreciation for a man’s best friend?
And, on the topic of dog-themed personalised number plates, we’ve come up with some fantastic ideas, stats and numbers that shed light on this phenomenon. For you dog lovers out there, read on to find out what it’s all about and get some inspiration in case you ever want to join the club and buy your own dog-themed personalised number plate.
Different number plates for different types of dog lovers.
British people love their pets. And dogs are some of their favourites.
There are approximately 10.2 million pet dogs in the country, which accounts for 27% of all adults. This is nearly more than the 11.1 pet cats that roam these green and pleasant lands.
Dog walkers, dog sitters, dog groomers and general pet owners all have good reasons why they might opt for dog-themed private plates, with different number plates suited for their particular love for dogs. For those in a business that involves dogs, such as dog walkers, dog sitters and dog groomers, having a private number plate centred around that or in a way that advertises their business is just smart play.
Seeing as they’ll be driving to a fro, having a dog-themed private number plate can be an eye-catching way to advertise their business. After all, what better way to advertise what you do to other dog owners than to get into a discussion about your business than to have someone notice and ask about your personalised number plate?
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Here are some great examples of some dog-themed personalised number plates for those in a business with dogs:
The most expensive dog-themed number plates out there today and some ideas.
We’re not going to lie, some of the prices people have paid for dog-themed personalised number plates is nothing short of outrageous. But the money that’s been handed over only goes to show the appreciation some people have for their pet dogs.
The most simple of dog-themed private plates went first. ‘K9 DOG’ was one of the early sellers, going for £1,300 back in 1993 (a smart investment because it’s worth many more times that today).
We’ll cut to the chase and give you want to know: the current most expensive dog-themed personalised number plate ever sold is ‘5 DOG’, which was sold at a staggering £42,505.
Most dog lovers go for more personalised number plates, however (and ones that aren’t so expensive). According to a variety of UK sources in 2022, one of the most popular dog names in the country is Teddy. And right now, showing the popularity of the name, the very cool number plate TED 33Y is available at £10,790.
Many people choose to get private plates that represent their favourite dog breeds, too. The most popular dog breeds in Britain have shifted from pure breeds to mixed breeds. Reasons include the variety of looks and personalities, and because of the fact that they tend to have fewer health issues. Some of the most popular breeds in the UK are Labradors, Dachshunds, French bulldogs, border collies and cockapoos, to name just a few.
You could get a personalised number plate based on your particular dog breed, an increasingly popular trend. In 2012, a private plate stamped with BU11 DOG was bought for £12,600. And a great example of one that’s available right now for under £10,000 is BAS 553T, which currently sits, waiting to be bought, at £7,496.
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Why dog-themed number plates are so popular.
To put it simply, dog-themed number plates are becoming increasingly popular because people love their dogs like they’re their best friends. For many people, especially those who are widowed or find themselves alone, their dog is their only real companion. Expressing their love for their pets, which are like family for many people, in this unique way is a sign of affection.
Whether it’s for smart business reasons, to make a long-term investment or to show love and appreciation, dog-themed number plates will continue to be popular as long as personalised number plates are popular. And at the rates at which things are going, it looks as though private plates will continue popular for a long time to come.