These are the UK’s most popular dog breeds in 2021

The UK’s most popular dog breeds were revealed as pet ownership increased during the pandemic.

Data from the Kennel Club, which tracks new registrations in the UK every year, shows that nearly 40,000 dogs were registered in 2020.

The most popular breeds saw a huge surge in demand during the coronavirus lockdowns, with registrations for the most sought after breeds up nearly 20 percent from 2019.

Experts from animal insurance company Protectivity analyzed The Kennel Club’s numbers for last year to find out which breeds were the most sought-after.

The results show that some of the most popular breeds are also some of the most expensive.

The English Bulldog topped the list of the most expensive breeds in 2020, with a puppy costing an average of £ 2,995. Registrations for Bulldogs rose nearly 17% last year, with 11,594 homes.

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A survey conducted by Protectivity suggests that up to 11% of people in Wales bought a new pet during the lockdown and many are concerned about leaving them at home alone when they return to the office.

Remember that owning a dog can be an expensive business as the cost of food, vet bills, and grooming keep getting higher – so it’s a good idea to weigh all of these before deciding on a new puppy.

See the full list below – the first number is the number of registrations for each breed in 2020, followed by the percentage change in registrations from 2019 (rounded to the nearest whole number):

Labrador Retriever – 39,905 (13%)

French Bulldog – 39,266 (17%)

Cocker Spaniel – 25,565 (18%)

Bulldog – 11,594 (17%)

Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund – 10,369 (24%)

English Springer Spaniel – 9,123 (6%)

Golden Retriever – 8,653 (3%)

German Shepherd – 7,067 (3%)

Pug – 6,033 (-11%)

Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 5,010 (12%)

Miniature Schnauzer – 4,728 (-5%)

Border Terrier – 4,587 (5%)

Whippet – 4,061 (29%)

Boxers – 3,202 (4%)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 2,979 (-8%)

Hungarian Vizsla – 2,810 (1%)

Shih Tzu – 2,155 (-1%)

Rottweiler – 2,050 (6%)

Beagle – 1,945 (-11%)

German Shorthair Pointing Dog – 1,761 (12%)

Pomerania – 1,754 (14%)

Border Collie – 1,718 (-18%)

Poodle (toy) – 1,664 (19%)

Chihuahua (smooth coat) – 1,508 (-22%)

Bull Terrier – 1,502 (17%)

Mastiff – 1,500 (12%)

Miniature long-haired dachshund – 1,475 (15%)

West Highland White Terrier – 1,460 (-6%)

Doberman Pinscher – 1,440 (-6%)

Miniature Poodle – 1,383 (18%)

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