Trendy Dogs: Most popular breeds of adorable dog in Britain
Dogs are incredibly popular right now, possibly more than ever – internet search trends have shown a 30 per cent rise in searches for ‘puppies’ in the last year alone. These are the 10 trendiest breeds of adorable dog in the UK – including the lovable Labrador
The global pandemic has seen many people welcome new four-legged friends into their homes, with over 3.2 million pets reportedly bought during lockdown.
So more of us than ever before will be marking National Puppy Day – founded in 2006 by author Colleen Paige to focus attention on puppies in need of adoption, the problems posed by puppy farms, and celebrating our favourite furry companions.
Data analysis by natural pet food brand Barking Heads has established that the nation’s most desirable puppies from the latest, official Kennel Club data.
All ten breeds have seen a rise in interest of over 170 per cent over the past year, with the Staffordshire Bull Terriers leading the charge with a 361 per cent increase, closely followed by the English Springer Spaniel with a 346 per cent increase.
So, here are the 10 most in-demand pups right now.
1. French Bulldog
The only pup to seriously challenge the Labrador Retriever’s hold on the dog owners of Britain is the French Bulldog. These fun little characters were once a relative rarity in UK parks but have become very popular over the last decade, particularly with those living in cities.
2. Labrador Retriever
It’s perhaps no surprise that the loving Labrador Retriever leads this list of the most in-demand puppies – it’s the world’s most popular dog.
3. Cocker Spaniel
Taking the final podium spot when it comes to puppy popularity is the Cocker Spaniel. Like the Labrador, they are a gun dog – by far the UK’s most popular breed group.
4. Springer Spaniel
Just a place behind their close Cocker cousins is the Springer Spaniel. They were bred to flush out and retrieve game during hunts.
Rounding out the top five is the delightfully wrinkly Bulldog – also known as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. They are well known for their docile and friendly nature.
The willful but adorable Dachshund has proved popular this year. Brits particularly like the miniature smooth-coated type of sausage dog.
7. Golden Retriever
Sharing the majority of the positive traits that make their close relative the Labrador such a popular family pet, the Golden Retriever is rarely left out of lists of top dogs.
8. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or ‘Staffy’, may only just have made the list, but they are the breed that have grown in popularity the most so are likely to feature even higher in future years.
9. German Shepherd
The brave, loyal and intelligent German Shepherd takes eighth spot. Not only do they make wonderful family pets, they are also one of the most useful dog breeds – working with the police and army on everything from guard duties to drug detection.
Completing the top 10 is the cute Pug. Originally from China, they make excellent lap dogs and are a relatively low-maintenance breed.
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