The UK is known to be a nation of pet lovers, year after year survey’s show that we love dogs the most! As a nation of dog lovers – the most burning question of all time is, what dog breed is the most loved by Brits?
The Kennel Club releases a yearly list of the most registered dog breeds and the Labrador Retriever has always won the number #1 spot, so they’re becoming pretty popular. At Tailster HQ we decided to make our own list. We didn’t use the data we have on hand, we just literally sat down with copious amounts of tea discussing this list in length.
If your dog breed isn’t on the list – send us your most patriotic picture and prove us wrong. We might even do a follow up blog post with the pictures you send us. Just drop them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all know The Queen loves her Corgis so we thought it was fitting for them to be in the first spot. She has had over 30 throughout her reign and they are her firm favourite breed. We love them too.
Fun Fact: Corgis are closely related to Siberian Huskies! It’s all thanks to them both being in the Spitz family of dogs, which are known for their thick fur, pointed ears and muzzle.
2. British Bulldog
When you think of British dogs, the British bulldog is bound to come to mind regardless of where you are in the world. And normally when you think of them you think of Churchill and his powerful leadership!
Fun Fact: Bulldogs were originally bred in England dating back to the 16th century and are believed to be a mix of mastiffs and pugs.
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
We all know a staffie that is playful and totally deserves all the hugs. They’re great to look after and are pretty cute when sleeping.
Fun Fact: Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known in some part of the UK as a “nanny dog”, why? Because they’re just that great with young kids!
Fun Fact: Pugs were once seen as royalty, Emperors of China kept pugs as lapdogs – they were so spoilt that some even had mini palaces and gaurds!
5. The Beagle
Fun Fact: Beagles are so old that no one actually knows where they came from, and another thing they were once upon a time 8 to 9 inches high – small enough to carry in a pocket.
6. Airedale Terriers
Fun Fact: They were originally bred to hunt vermin of any size. The only down side was that they weren’t so good at swimming or tracking, so they were cross bred with otter hounds near the area of the River Aire, hence their name!
7. The Dachshund
Fun Fact: They were known as badger dogs, why? Well, they were pretty good at sorting out badger issues in Germany.
8. German Shepard’s
Fun Fact: German Shepard have very important jobs in the army, police and even helping rescue services. It’s why they’re the 3rd most intelligent dogs!
Fun Fact: Huskies are really intelligent but the other problem is they get bored too easily, it also makes them a tad hard to train. They’re also really good at escaping and are known as escape-artists. It’s why they’re not recommended for first-time dog owners.
10. Labrador Retrievers
Fun Fact: Labradors were originally bred and kept for fishing but since then they have really branched out helping customs and other vital services with day to day tasks.
11. Golden Retrievers
Fun Fact: Golden Retrievers are great at tracking and love swimming, it’s why they’re used in search and rescue teams. They also love other animals and looking after them – so if you have a cat, a Golden Retriever might be for you.
12. Shiba Inu
Fun Fact: Japan really loves Shiba Inu’s with them being the most popular breed. On a more sad note they nearly went extinct but luckily for us, they’re more popular than ever.