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Top 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK
Top 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK
By Sophie Rioch

The UK is a nation that loves dogs with an estimated 10 million dogs living in households across the UK. Each year all UK veterinarians compile lists of all of the registered dogs they have in their practice. From this, an annual list is compiled of the UK’s most popular dog breeds. In this article we highlight the top 5 most popular dog breeds in the UK based on this information.


  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been crowned as the most popular dog breed of 2020. This breed is a strong, muscular dog which contrary to reports, has a gentle character, who is good with people and one of the most loyal breeds you can own. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a cross breed of the English White Terrier and a Bulldog. It is important to train your Staffordshire Bull Terrier because they do have a tendency to be uneasy around other dogs and have received a bad reputation for being aggressive.


  1. Labrador Retriever

Coming in a close second is the Labrador Retriever. For a long time, this breed has been at the top of the most popular lists, due to their calm nature and attractive features. The Labrador was traditionally bred to be a useful working dog. Today, they are known for being good natured and gentle dogs which make them great family pets. Labradors are incredibly intelligent dogs which makes training them a breeze. We expect to continue to see this dog in the top 5 most popular breeds year after year.


  1. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd, also known as an Alsatian, has become increasingly popular over the past 10 years. This breed is very loyal and is often used as a working dog in the police force or military. The devotion of German Shepherds to their owners is unmatched by any other dog breed, making them an ideal pet for true dog lovers. German Shepherds are easy to train and make excellent companions.


  1. Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is a cheerful, happy companion which makes this breed a delightful family pet. This dog is a breed that likes to snuggle and be close to their owners wherever possible. They are active dogs who love to go on walks and be part of an active family. The Cocker Spaniel is one of the most decorated breeds at Crufts.


  1. Pug

The smallest dog in the top 5 is the Pug. With its unique features and loveable personality, we are not surprised to see this dog climb up the list. Pug’s have a very interesting features with a short muzzle face and short curly tail. They are small dogs so do not require as much exercise as the rest of the dogs in the top 5. Training is still important since Pugs can be extremely energetic despite their small frame.


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