Millets looked at the latest pedigree puppy registration statistics from the Kennel Club to find out the most popular dog breed in the UK.
They found the Labrador Retriever topped the list for man’s best friend, with the Kennel Club seeing a 13 percent increase in registrations since 2019.
Labrador Retriever has reclaimed the title of Britain’s most popular dog breed (Source: Shutterstock)
In 2020, 250,000 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club, 7.8 percent more than in 2019, which saw a significant drop in registrations.
The Kennel Club processes puppy registrations for each of the 221 recognized breeds and the organization’s data makes up about 30 percent of all dogs bred in the UK.
French Bulldogs have lost the crown since 2019 (Image: Shutterstock)
Looking at the list, the French Bulldog took second place after being the most popular dog in 2019.
Elsewhere, Pugs have had 5,000 fewer registrations since 2017, after a period of great popularity with 11,000 registrations four years ago. Now there are only 6,000 registrations left in 2020, with the dogs being less trendy.
Pugs seem to be going out of style (Image: Shutterstock)
The English Springer Spaniel has also seen a 30 percent decline over the past 10 years, although this has been more gradual.
This is the list of the top 10 breeds:
5. Dachshund (miniature straight hair)
10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Other dog breeds on the list include golden retrievers and dachshunds (Source: Shutterstock)
Kiera Baxter, Millet’s Marketing Exec & Adventurer, comments, “Despite the increasing popularity of the French Bulldog in recent years, the Labrador Retriever still appears to be man’s best friend and is crowned the UK’s most popular dog breed.”
“It is also a worrying trend that many native British dog breeds, like the King Charles, are considered vulnerable due to the demand for fashionable breeds like the French Bulldog. More British breeds than ever are at risk as their popularity declines. It is important to raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to think about the wide variety of dog breeds in this country. “
Always remember to do your research before adopting a dog and consider opting for an endangered breed.