The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK

In the UK we love our dogs. They are members of our family and we are obsessed with them. But what are the most popular pedigree breeds of dog in the UK? Below are the top 10 dog breeds based on figures from Kennel Club Registration.

10. Miniature Schnauzer

The first in our list is the Miniature Schnauzer. This breed of small dog originated in Germany where they were originally bred to be medium sized farm dogs that were equally good at herding as they were at guarding property. Miniature Schnauzers have a very square shaped build and there are many reasons why this breed makes an excellent companion.

9. Dachshund

The miniature smooth haired dachshund has a very distinctive look with their sausage shaped silhouette. They are a short legged, long bodied, hound type of dog. Some researchers believe the early roots of this breed can be dated all the way back to ancient Egypt. Although this breed is really cute, they unfortunately can commonly develop health issues that are mainly caused from have an extremely long spine but short rib cage.

8. German Shepherd Dog

They are best known as being used as police dogs but are still very popular with families. It has been shown that they can become over protective of their family and territory only if they have not been socialised properly. It is not in their nature to become friends with strangers straight away, making them good at guarding. They are a very intelligent and obedient breed which is why they are renowned for their ability to be a working dog.

7. Golden Retriever

In at number seven is the popular Golden Retriever, who has been a pet favourite for generations. They are beautiful, good natured and patient with children. They have an instinctive love of water and are easy to train for obedience which is one of the reasons why they are commonly used as guide and hearing dogs. They were originally bred in Scotland.

6. Pug

Pugs have become increasingly popular over recent years, and their cute faces have won over our hearts. Sadly, these are another breed that can suffer health issues due to their body shape. They have a distinctive wrinkly, short muzzled face and a curly tail. They were brought to Europe from China in the 16th century and were a favourite of Queen Victoria. They are known for being sociable and gentle, making them great companions

5. English Springer Spaniel

In at number 5 is the English Springer Spaniel. They are a breed of gun dog and they are known for being affectionate but very excitable and energetic. They are always eager to please and can be very quick to learn. Typically, they will choose one person in the family to be most loyal to. They get on well with children and can handle other pets well. They need a lot of exercising to stop them becoming bored and mischievous. They also love a swim.

4. Bull dog

Moving up in the charts over the past few years, the bulldog has made it into the top 5. They are the symbol of Britishness and have muscular, wrinkled faces. They are known as being kind and courageous and are not usually aggressive. Because of this, they get on with other dogs, other pets and children, making them a popular family dog.

3. Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel dog is sitting in the forest

Originally bred as hunting dogs, they are now a popular choice as a pet. They are the most successful breed at winning Crufts. They are known as being sweet and intelligent, making them good for families. They are easy to train and prefer being in a busy household environment.

2. Labrador

Still high on the list but just missing out on the top spot is the Labrador retriever. They are frequently used as disability assistance dogs to aid the blind, help those with autism and act as a therapy dog. The three main colour varieties are golden, black and chocolate. Kind and outgoing in nature, they have an amazing sense of smell. They are also known for not being noisy or territorial. They are good with dealing with children and other pets and they are often trustworthy with strangers.

1. French Bulldog

And the top position goes to the French Bulldog! This breed is becoming increasingly popular over recent years. This small breed makes an excellent companion because they require and love close contact with humans. They rarely bark and are affectionate with their owners, especially children. They have a calm nature and are comical in their actions which makes them very endearing.

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About the author

Dr Shahad Mohammed
Veterinary Physiotherapist
National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists