If you have ever wondered what the most popular breed of dog is then you need wait no longer. The votes are in an the Staffy is at the top. Please see the full list below.
1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier Despite their mixed reputation, Staffies are officially Britain’s favourite dog this year. They are part of the Pit bull family and can be very friendly to human and other dogs but they will fight if challenged. Their aggressive side only comes out if encouraged by their owners.
2. Cockapoo A mix of the Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, Cockapoos are small and very friendly. They generally live long lives and were rated Britain’s favourite cross breed. These particular pooches are up five places from number seven last year.
3. Labrador They were the UK’s favourite dog last year, but still hugely popular at number three on the 2019 list. Also known as Labrador Retrievers they are known for their trainability. Often used as guide dogs they can be taught how to do anything – even answering the phone. Their adorable puppies are well-known in the UK for being the face of Andrex toilet roll.
4. Springer Spaniel Also a member of the Spaniel family, Springers are famed for their strong sense of smell. They are used in the military to sniff out explosives, but can suffer from health problems in later life. There are English and Welsh Spaniels and they are up five places from number nine on last year’s list.
5. Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniels are original bird hunting dogs. Out in the open air they will chase them at any opportunity and are known for being loyal to anyone who gives them food. There are English and American Cocker Spaniels, which get their names from the Eurasian Woodcock – a bird they like hunting. They have climbed one place up the list from number six last year.
6. Boxer Boxers were originally bred from English Bull dogs and the now extinct Bullenbeisser. They are fantastic at jumping and are good at catching prey because of their strong jaw.
7. Border Collies Border Collies are highly reliable and are often used as herding dogs. Originally from the Scottish borders they are picked as sheepdogs and used in dog trials. They are known for their intelligence and are believed to understand more than 1,000 words. They are down two places from number five last year.
8. German Shepherd Their full name is German Shepherd Dog and they are relatively new as a breed, with their history only dating back to 1899. They are known for their reliability and trainability and are often the breed of choice to use as police and military dogs, as well as helping the disabled. They have a strong sense of smell and have stayed at number eight from last year’s list.
9. Golden Retriever Known for their gorgeous coats and their love of water, Golden Retrievers were originally bred as gun dogs to hunt waterfowl. They were named Retrievers because of their ability to ‘retrieve’ shot game without damaging their mouths. These pooches are also used as disability dogs for the blind of the disabled. They are up from number 16 last year.
10. Mixed Breed While not strictly a breed, the mixed breed category scored highly on last night’s list, with more than 400,000 across the UK alone and 150million worldwide. Also known as ‘mongrels’, ‘mutts’ or ‘cross breeds’, mixed breed dogs are the result of intentional breeding between two different types of dog. They are generally considered healthier than pedigree dogs, which can often carry health problems down through the generations.