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14 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK

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Written by Reena Bakir

Known as a country of dog lovers, 1 in 4 people living the United Kingdom have these beautiful canines as pets! Have you ever wondered which dogs have taken Britain’s heart by storm? Wondering if the breed of your dog has made it onto the notable mentions of the UK’s loved dogs? Here’s a list of the 14 most popular dog breeds in the UK!

14. Yorkshire Terrier

most popular dog breeds yorkshire terrierThis small dog breed has kept its place in the top list for the UK’s most poplar dog breed year after year. These affectionate, loyal and energetic dogs are always ready for an adventure with their owner or a simple play session at home! Due to their well-socialized nature, Yorkshire Terriers make for great family pets that are well accustomed to the energetic nature of kids, and are owned by many families across the UK.

13. Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle)

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A mix of two very exquisite breeds, the Labradoodle was initially bred to be a hypoallergenic guide dog due to its low-shedding characteristics, but the breed has quickly grown in popularity! This breed is intelligent, well-tempered and full of affection. Labradoodles are social and outgoing, but this gentle breed will always be happy to stay home and enjoy their family’s company!

12. West Highland Terrier

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This boastful dog is filled to the brim with confidence! This pooch loves to find any way to keep themselves entertained, and will definitely add a touch of fun to any household. They are excitable and joyful, and can easily socialize with other dogs and humans!

11. Shih-Tzu

shih tzu most popular dog breeds ukYou bet this adorable dog has made it onto Britain’s most popular dog breeds list! Named the ‘little lion’ after its hairy appearance, this breed is definitely anything but a beast! With their loving nature and affectionate nature, the Shih Tzu is the ideal housedog.

10. Pug

pug most popular dog breedsThese dogs carry so much life in their little bodies! Known to be extremely excitable and funny, these dogs are known as the ‘clowns’ of dog breeds because they’ll never fail to make you laugh. Pugs love to be the center of all attention, and need a lot of care and affection by their owners!

9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Name after King Charles II who had a special adoration for this breed, this breed is super affectionate and dedicated to the ones they love, and their favorite place to sleep will definitely be your lap! Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are known to be quiet, gentle and intelligent, making them easy to train as life-long companions.

8. Springer Spaniel

most popular dog breeds springer spanielThese athletic canines will enjoy as much exercise as you can give them! Any time of the day is playtime with this breed, and you can guarantee that they’ll keep you on your feet looking for the next fun adventure.

7.  German Shepherds

most popular dog breedsEasy to train, these very intelligent canines are perfect watchdogs! Loyal and protective, this breed will do whatever to make sure their family is safe, and are known to be great with children. This versatile breed has been used in a number of working environments, and also make great family pets.

6. Cockapoo

most popular dog breeds cockapooThis mixed breed between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle make for affectionate and happy companions. The breed is very people-oriented and sociable, and was bred as a ‘designer dog’ since the 1960s. This lovable dog will make for the perfect pet that’ll never leave you feeling lonely!

5. Cocker Spaniel

most popular dog breedsThis active dog was initially bred to be a gun-dog, but has easily taken over the hearts of many with its lively and sweet nature. This sensitive dog is happy to please, and you can always count on the Cocker Spaniel to be right by your side whenever you need a little love.

4. Border Collie

most popular dog breedsThis herding breed was initially developed to keep herds of sheep controlled  in the border between Scotland and England. This breed’s stamina and energy which never seem to run out make them the perfect herding dogs still used to this day.

3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

most popular dog breedsThis confident and outgoing dog simply loves being around people! Always ready to please, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is always up for interactive games where they can exert their energy and enjoy their time with you.

2. Jack Russel

most popular dog breedsThe Jack Russel is a clever and independent pooch who has managed to win the hearts of Britain since their initial breeding 200 years ago as a fox-hunting dog! The dog is athletic and excitable, making them the perfect dog for someone looking for a fun companion.

1. Labrador

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And the dog that has won the UK by storm is the Labrador! Largely family-oriented and sociable, these pets are good-natured and well tempered. Labradors are great around children, other dogs and humans, making them sociable by nature and always ready to make new friends!

About the author

Reena Bakir

Reena Bakir is a passionate student, writer and animal lover who is a regular contributor to Chelsea Dogs.