With 2018 drawing to an end, we take a look at what we think the UK’s favourite dog breeds will be this year.

As the UK’s most popular home dog boarders, we knew a thing or two about dogs! Caring for over 8,000 dogs this year, we’ve seen an array of breeds staying with our lovely carers. For the end of 2018 we take a look at Kennel Club’s registration figures for 2017 and the dogs we’ve cared for to estimate what we think the UK’s favourite breeds could be for 2018.

No. 10 – Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Gentle and docile with a love for belly rubs, we’ve ranked the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as our 10th breed. Despite falling in popularity, both registered pedigree Staffies and Staffy types are one of our favourite dogs thanks to their friendly and lovable nature as well as their outgoing personalities. Even though hearsay has caused this breed to have a negative reputation, Staffordshire Bull Terriers make great companions for their humans.

No. 9 –Dachshund

Also known as a “sausage dog”, this small breed is active even with their long body and short legs. They have been a top UK breed for years with one of their biggest fans being Queen Victoria who worked hard to promote and improve the breed. Dachshunds are notoriously stubborn and do require some patience when it comes to training, but they LOVE being the centre of attention.

No. 8 – German Shepherd

A highly registered breed on the Kennel Club’s top UK breeds (and second-most registered breed in America), the German Shepherd is an incredibly intelligent dog. They are often the preferred breed for many types of work including military and police force roles, search and rescue and disability assistance.

No. 7 – Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are lovable giants! Many of our carers have enjoyed looking after these happy and playful dogs across the country. It’s clear why they’ve ranked on our popular dog breed list!

Goldies are a trustworthy breed and very sociable by nature, meaning they might want to say hello to every person, dog, cat and squirrel they meet. It may be a surprise to some dog owners, but the Golden Retriever was rated the forth brightest dog breed! That is, when they are not distracted by something.

No.6 – Border Collie

Best known as a sheep herder, Border Collie’s are an incredibly popular dog in the UK. They are the most intelligent breed of dog, meaning they are extremely easy to train. Full of energy, Collies require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to help them burn off some steam.

No.5 – Cockapoo

You probably won’t see this dog feature on other top dog breed rankings for one reason: the Cockapoo is not a pedigree dog breed. In fact, they are a hybrid of two breeds – the Cocker spaniel and the poodle. Just like the labradoodle in 2010, the crossbreed has been counted in our chart because of its huge popularity.

No. 4 – Pug

This small dog has been a popular choice in the UK for the last decade, with a number of famous pugs even posting on their own Instagram pages. Made popular by television and celebrities in the last decade, pugs are a breed brought over from China in the 16th Century. Pugs are incredibly lazy, sleeping for most of the day! Known for their squashed and wrinkled faces, some pugs do have issues due to poor breeding.

Did you know…. A group of pugs is called a grumble!

No. 3 – Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker spaniel is the UK’s most popular spaniel breed and have been a popular breed amongst PetStay customers. They are also PetStay Managing Director, Carole’s favourite dog! These sturdy little dogs had been bred as hunting dogs but have made a cosy life in many British households.

They are extremely gentle dogs with a very loving temperament, and should get plenty of socialisation as a pup.

No. 2 – Labrador Retriever

The most popular dog breed since 1990, we think the Labrador will be overtaken this year as the UK’s top dog. While we will need to wait until March to find out the total registrations for each breed, the Labrador still stands as the UK’s favourite breed. The Kennel Club stated: “This is the first time that the French Bulldog has topped Labrador registrations in any quarter and if the trend continues the Kennel Club forecasts that the breed will be the most popular dog breed in the UK by the end of 2018.”

No. 1 – French Bulldog

We predict French Bulldogs will be topping the chart as the UK’s most popular dog breed. As said by the Kennel Club: “The popularity of the breed has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years, with a 44 per cent increase from 2016 to 2017 alone and a staggering 2,964 per cent increase over the last ten years (2008 to 2017). “

This small and muscular dog is a favourite due to its laid back nature and the fact they thrive in a family environment.

Even with the selection of dog breeds in this list, it is always good to remember that the no.1 dog might not be suitable to your lifestyle. If you are wanting to grow your family in 2019 by four legs, remember to research the breed. An active dog with lots of energy may not be suitable for a retired home and a dog known for anxiety may not be the best pet for young children. Whether you want a puppy or an older dog, there are many looking for furever homes in your local animal welfare shelter who might just be perfect for you.


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