Labrador Retrievers are officially the most popular dog breed in the UK

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Millets looked at the latest Kennel Club registration statistics for purebred puppies to find the most popular dog breed in the UK.

They found the Labrador retriever to be # 1 for man’s best friend with the Kennel Club, seeing the breed seeing a 13% increase in registrations since 2019.

Labrador Retriever has reclaimed the title of UK’s most popular dog breed (Shutterstock)

There were 250,000 dogs registered with the Kennel Club in 2020, 7.8% more than in 2019, which saw a significant drop in registrations.

The Kennel Club processes puppy registrations for each of the 221 recognized purebred breeds and the organization’s data represents around 30% of all dogs bred in the UK.

French Bulldogs have lost the crown since 2019 (Credit: Shutterstock)
French Bulldogs have lost the crown since 2019 (Credit: Shutterstock)

Looking at the list, the French Bulldog came in second after being the most popular dog in 2019.

Elsewhere, pugs have seen 5,000 fewer registrations since 2017, after a period of great popularity with 11,000 registrations four years ago. Now, they only total 6,000 registrations in 2020, with dogs becoming less fashionable.

Pugs seem to be going out of fashion (Shutterstock)
Pugs seem to be going out of fashion (Shutterstock)

The English Springer Spaniel has also experienced a 30 percent decline over the past 10 years, although this decline has been more gradual.

Here is the list of the 10 best breeds:

5. Dachshund (Miniature Smooth Hair)

10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Other dog breeds on the list include the Golden Retriever and the Dachshund (Credit: Shutterstock)
Other dog breeds on the list include the Golden Retriever and the Dachshund (Credit: Shutterstock)

Kiera Baxter, Millets Marketing Exec & Adventurer, comments: “Despite the growing popularity of the French Bulldog in recent years, it seems that the Labrador Retriever is still man’s best friend, being crowned the UK’s favorite dog breed. ”

“It’s also a worrying trend that many native British dog breeds like the King Charles are now seen as vulnerable due to the demand for fashionable breeds like the French Bulldog. More British breeds than ever are in danger as their popularity wanes. It is important to raise awareness of this problem and encourage people to consider the wide range of dog breeds that exist in this country. “

Always remember to do your research before adopting a dog and consider choosing a breed at risk.


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