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Labrador Retrievers Are Officially The Most Popular Dog Breed In The UK

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Labrador Retrievers Are Officially The Most Popular Dog Breed In The UK

Millets looked at the latest pedigree puppy registration statistics by The Kennel Club to find out the most popular dog breed in the UK.

They found that the Labrador retriever takes the top spot for man's best friend with The Kennel Club seeing the breed experience a rise in registrations of 13 per cent since 2019.

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

There were 250,000 dogs registered with The Kennel Club in 2020, 7.8 per cent higher than in 2019 which saw a significant dip in registrations.

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The Kennel Club processes puppy registrations for each of the 221 recognised pedigree breeds and the organisation's data accounts for approximately 30 per cent 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 previously being the most popular dog in 2019.

Elsewhere, pugs have seen 5,000 less registrations since 2017, after a period of huge popularity with 11,000 registrations four years ago. Now, they total just 6,000 registrations in 2020 with the dogs becoming less trendy.

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Pugs seem to falling out of fashion (Credit: Shutterstock)
Pugs seem to falling out of fashion (Credit: Shutterstock)

The English Springer Spaniel has also seen a 30 per cent decline in the last 10 years, although this has been a more gradual decline.

This is the list of the top 10 breeds:

1. Labrador Retriever

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2. French Bulldog

3. Cocker Spaniel

4. Bulldog

5. Dachshund (Miniature Smooth Haired)

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6. Springer Spaniel

7. Golden Retriever

8. German Shepherd

9. Pug

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10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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

Kiera Baxter, Millets Marketing Exec & Adventurer, comments: "Despite the rise in popularity of the French Bulldog in recent years, it appears that the Labrador Retriever is still man's best friend, being crowned the UK's favourite dog breed."

"It is also a worrying trend that many native british dog breeds, such as the King Charles, are now deemed as vulnerable due to the demand of fashionable breeds like the French Bulldog. More British breeds than ever are at risk as their popularity declines. It's important to raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to consider the huge range of dog breeds there are in this country."

Always remember to do your research before adopting a dog and consider going for a breed that are at risk.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Pets, Life, Dogs

Charlotte Forrester
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