The most popular breeds of dogs in the UK
Each year the Kennel Club releases a list of the most popular dogs in the UK and at the moment, this is where each breed is sitting for 2018:
- French Bulldogs
For the first time since records began, the Labrador Retriever has been knocked off the first-place spot by the French Bulldog. The breed is popular among celebrities, with the Beckhams, Lady Gaga and Hugh Jackman all owning a French Bulldog.
In the first quarter of 2018 alone, there were 8,403 French Bulldog puppy registrations. In comparison, there were only 7,409 Labrador registrations.
The French Bulldogs were originally bred as lapdogs so as a result, the breed is generally friendly, loving and loyal. They do, however, still require a lot of mental stimulation.
- Labrador Retriever
The faithful lab has sat at the top of the list for decades until the French Bulldog knocked it from its spot this year. The Labrador retriever is still sitting at a firm second place, thanks to their ability to be easily trained, and their selfless natures so there’s no need to look too worried for this breed just yet.
- Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniels are popular for a number of reasons but their ability to be both working dogs and pets makes them particularly appealing to a range of people. Their small size, affectionate nature and ability to excel at a number of activities all helps too though.
The pug has been gradually moving up the line of most popular dogs in the UK for the last few years. This year it has moved up from position five to four but its popularity has been increasing drastically since 2004.
The pug is particularly favoured for its charm and delightful personality.
- English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel is currently sitting at position five. The long ears and markings make them an attractive breed but it’s their personalities that make them so favourable.
They are lively dogs though that require a lot of time and attention so, while they can make great family pets, they do require a lot of commitment.
- The Bulldog
The Bulldog has been steadily climbing up the list for the last few years, with the number of puppies registered in the UK more than doubling over the course of the last ten years.
The breed was originally bred for bull-baiting, as their name suggests. It was an activity that saw the dogs set upon a tethered bull while bets were placed on its survival. The Bulldog was therefore bred as a strong and ferocious breed but since the sport was banned, the English Bulldog has undergone a lot of breeding changes and is now a very different type to the one that once existed.
- The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever remains a strong contender in the UK’s top dog breeds for 2018. They are large and powerful dogs, built for their athleticism but it’s their endearing temperament that makes them so popular.
These hard-working and loyal dogs don’t look set to disappear from this list anytime soon.
- German Shepherd
The German Shepherd was originally bred for herding and guarding livestock. They were then used in both the police and the military. And now, they are commonly found as adoring pets that are wary of strangers but incredibly loyal to their family.
As a breed, the German Shepherd is intelligent, protective, brave and co-operative.
It should come as no surprise that Daschunds have made their way into the top ten dog breeds in the UK. Originally from Germany, where they were bred to hunt underground animals, the Daschunds popularity has come on in leaps and bounds lately.
As they were bred as hunters, it’s worth noting that many still have a strong instinct to chase small animals and, as they were once required to alert their handler to their location, they can be very noisy dogs. On the flip side, however, they are very loyal pets to have.
- Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer has won over the UK with its old man appearance, complete with a bushy beard and eyebrows.
Appearance aside, the breed is a pleasant one to have around, with them being renowned for being friendly and smart. As a terrier though, they do have a tendency to dig, chase and get themselves into scraps for thinking they are bigger than they are.
Written by shannon C