Which dog breeds come out as the most popular in the UK?

We are a nation of dog lovers but some dog breeds in the UK are definitely more popular than others. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 UK dog breeds from Labradors to Pugs…


1. Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever breed

The Labrador is a loyal and steadfast friend for life!

Do you ever go on a dog walk or to the park and feel like it’s a Labrador convention?! That’s because nearly 40,000 labradors were registered in The UK last year! The Labrador Retriever is a gloriously faithful dog who really will be your best friend for life. Labrador’s are sweet and friendly and make incredible family dogs and high spirited companions.

Labradors do require lots of exercise and mental stimulation as they are intelligent and can easily get bored and restless. They are also enthusiastic athletes who love nothing more than running free, having fun and socialising with other dogs who have the same level of energy as them.

Word of warning though, Labrador puppies are renowned for being particularly mischievous and cheeky, probably much more than other breeds. If you need help stopping your Lab puppy from tearing up the house, stealing slippers, pulling down curtains or eating your favourite new shoes, then get in touch with us – we specialise in puppy training and can help!

2. Cocker Spaniel

Spaniel breed

A Spaniel will definitely give you lots of exercise!

Cocker Spaniels have an extremely loving and friendly nature, which makes them a favourite UK dog breed. They’re fiercely loyal and love to spend every waking (and probably sleeping) moment with their owners, so forget having any space at home- your Spaniel will want to be with you all the time.

If you’re a first time dog owner, a Cocker Spaniel is a great choice as they can be easy to train and are quick to learn and hugely obedient, following instructions easily. They are great with children and other pets and love being a part of the family!

Just like Labradors, Cocker Spaniels are energetic, give them a ball to retrieve and bring back to you and you’ll have a friend for life…

3. Pug

Pug breed

Funny and cute pugs will have you smiling all the time!

Seeing a Pug can turn your frown upside own instantly. Their hilarious nature and lust for life means they will always keep you on your toes in the best possible way! Pugs are also incredibly intelligent and intuitive and can tune in to your emotions and read your mood, making them incredible emotional support dogs. Having a dog that can read your moods and offer support is what having a dog companion is all about and Pugs will always go the extra mile.

Pugs have actually been known to read stress and anxiety in their owners and do their best to try and make things better by playing the joker or giving you lots of love and cuddles! Adorable.

4. Cockapoo

Cockapoo breed

Cockapoos are basically just teddy bears right?!

The Cockapoo has dramatically increased in popularity in recent years and is a desirable breed for many owners. This gorgeous breed is a mix between a friendly and fun Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Cockapoos are extremely smart, with the intelligence of a poodle and the friendly and joyful nature of a Spaniel. They also shed very little, making this a popular choice for those with allergies.

Cockapoos can get restless and cheeky if they don’t have enough stimulation or exercise and as a breed can struggle being left alone for long periods of time. If you find yourself out of the house on a frequent basis, you may consider a Doggy Daycare so that your Cockapoo pup can socialise and be with friends to keep him happy!

As with all puppies, we recommend training or advice from a professional trainer so you can get the most out of your new addition

Sadly, as the popularity of this breed increases so does the risk of dog thieves who are looking for Cockapoos specifically -which can be sold for upwards of £3000.

We have some advice here if you are worried about the rise of dog theft in the UK.

5. French Bulldog

French Bulldog breed

The cutest faces on these little guys!

The French Bulldog is a bundle of fun and madness! They have quirky personalities and can be extremely comical and real court jesters! They love their people but can be a little territorial when it comes to jealousy and other pets. This is nothing that can’t be sorted out with some dog training, early on to nip it in the bud.

Be aware that French bulldogs can be as stubborn as a mule, they crave attention but can also be head strong and unwilling to comply. Keep their training engaging and fun so they are fully stimulated at all times and live their best lives!


Picking the right breed for you…

At Bark & Birch, we know that welcoming a dog into your family is a big commitment and the beginning of a lifetime of joy and happiness. If you are buying or adopting a dog, it really is important to choose the right breed that perfectly fits your lifestyle.

To find the perfect furry friend for your family, we offer bespoke consultations to learn about your lifestyle and requirements. There are so many factors to consider and we will guide you through the process from start to finish. If you never owned a dog before, you couldn’t have any idea of the possible mistakes new pet owners make. The wrong decision can lead to stress, heartache and disruptions to life that are unsettling for you and the poor dog.

We look forward to hearing from you to discuss your perfect breed and live the happiest life together with your faithful canine friend!

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