The estimated total of dogs in the UK shot up to approximately 12 million during the Covid lockdowns.
The range of available breeds is extensive, with cross-breeds becoming increasingly popular these days. Let’s look more closely at the top dog breeds here in the UK; plus, I have added some information for the Poodle as this breed is so popular for crossing with pure breeds.
Among the most popular dog breeds in the UK. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, these dogs were used by fishermen to retrieve fish that had fallen off their hooks or nets. They were later imported to England, where they became gun dogs. They are loyal, intelligent, and have a friendly temperament.
Another popular breed in the UK. In the 19th century in Wales and England, Cocker Spaniels were hunting dogs flushing out game birds. They are affectionate, intelligent and have high energy.
Bred in France in the late 19th century as a companion dog – are affectionate and loyal. They were bred from English Bulldogs and smaller local breeds and were originally lapdogs. They are now a popular breed worldwide.
A highly intelligent herding dog originating in the Scottish and English border regions. They were bred for their herding ability and are still used today for this purpose. Border Collies are known for their athleticism, high energy, and trainability.
Jack Russell Terrier:
A small, energetic breed that originated in England in the 1800s. Developed by a man named Reverend John Russell, who wanted a small dog that could work alongside foxhounds to hunt foxes. Jack Russell Terriers are popular pets today due to their high energy, intelligence, and feisty personality.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers:
Bred in the 19th century in Staffordshire, England, Staffordshire Bull Terriers were originally used for bull-baiting and ratting. Over time, they became popular as family pets due to their affectionate nature and loyalty. Also referred to as “Staffies”.
Originally from Germany, and now commonly associated with France, where it became popular as a hunting dog and later as a companion dog. Poodles come in three different sizes: standard, miniature, and toy.
I think it’s always nice to be able to look back at each breed. It can be very interesting, plus it points to the traits owners can expect in their dogs. Yes, terriers dig and collies can chase! Always double-check before making a decision on which breed you would like next.
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