We are a nation of dog lovers, there’s no doubt about that but do we favour some breeds over others? Figures from The Kennel Club look at the number of puppies born within a certain timeframe to work out which breeds are in demand. However, this doesn’t include non-pedigree dogs, so we don’t know whether the Labradoodle or the Cockapoo are top of the list. The list tends to remain consistent though year after year, with some breeds being ever popular.
- Labrador Retriever
Seen at or near the top of the list for the UK’s favourite breed every year. They were originally bred as gun dogs, but these days share our homes as loyal and loving family pets. The breed is smart, easily trainable, friendly and perfect to have around children. It’s no surprise then that the Lab Retriever is such a popular choice for UK families.
- English Springer Spaniel
Another breed traditionally used as a gun dog, Springers are great fun, full of energy and hugely lovable. They are affectionate, friendly and laid back. Ideal for families with children, the Springer has boundless energy and loves to play.
- Cocker Spaniel
We love our gun dogs in the UK, and the Cocker Spaniel has won ‘Best in Show’ a record seven times at Crufts, showing just what beautiful dogs, they are. Handsome, loyal, fun and full of beans, this breed, originally used as gun dogs, make delightful family pets. The name ‘Cocker’ comes from its great ability in hunting the Woodcock.
- German Shepherd
This breed is also commonly called the Alsatian and like the name suggests, is of Germanic origin. It is not an old breed as it wasn’t bred until the late 19th century. Despite their large appearance and use as guard dogs, they are highly loyal, very intelligent and brave which is why they are the breed chosen to work alongside police forces and the military.
- Golden Retriever
These chaps love to get wet so if you choose this breed, be prepared for lots of watery fun. As with all breeds, looking after a dog’s coat is essential and especially if they are outdoor breeds who love going for a swim. Should your pet pick up any parasites or skin conditions, treat them to natural soothing remedies such as those found at http://www.stinky-stuff.co.uk/product-cat/dog-remedies/ for helping Itchy Dogs. Golden Retrievers are super smart and totally loyal which is why they are employed in search and rescue, as sniffer dogs and assistance guides for the blind or deaf.
- Border Terrier
Originating from the Scottish borders, these pint-sized chaps are a heap of fun. Full of courage, playful, tough and with bags of energy – they make a great family pet. However, whilst they normally get on just fine with children, be careful if you any other small pets and, cats. They will fight like cat and dog!
It seems we have a real affection for this comical breed. Excellent-natured, highly intelligent, easy to train and a sense of humour, you’ll find this breed endlessly entertaining. With such a distinctive look, there’s no mistaking a pug and they make brilliant family pets.