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The UK’s Kennel Club has revealed what it considers the most popular dogs of the year. This year sees the rise and fall of some of the most famous native blends.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 21/11/2019, 11:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:22

Each year the Kennel Club puts together a series of lists, of the most popular dog breeds in the UK and the breeds in danger of dying out.

Of this “Watch List”, the KC told The Metro that the popularity of certain native breeds such as the West Highland White Terrier, Boxer, Staffie and Border Terrier is dropping. Furthermore, some breeds are close to being lost altogether.

The Pointer’s popularity has slashed almost in half in a decade,” said Bill Lambert, spokesperson for the Kennel Club. “Its continental cousin, the German Shorthaired Pointer is up 25 per cent across the same period.

In total 16 vulnerable native breeds have declined so far this year, compared to 13 which have increased.”

Top Ten

The KC’s list is determined by the number of dogs registered with the organisation. Although not all dogs owned are registered, the list is a useful indication of the population’s taste (and distaste) of certain breeds.

According to the UK’s Kennel Club, the following breeds have made it into the top ten for popularity:

1. Retriever (Labrador)


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The most popular dog of 2019! The Labrador tops the charts as the nation’s favourite companion after being pipped to the post last year by the French Bulldog.

2. French Bulldog


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The UK’s favourite dog of 2018, the iconic French Bulldog, has to make do with second place. Bold, loyal and a little possessive, this little dog’s coeur de lion is what makes it so adorable.

3. Spaniel (Cocker)


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A non-mover at '3', the Cocker Spaniel melts even the iciest heart; once a hunting dog, now the UK’s third favourite cosy companion.

4. Bulldog


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The Bulldog is rising up the ranks and has its eye on the top spot. In 2018 it was sixth favourite, according to the KC. Placid if not a little lazy, the Bulldog is the perfect companion of the couch potato.

5. Spaniel (English Springer)


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Still used in some quarters for hunting, the Springer Spaniel is an exceptionally active dog. What a contrast with the Bulldog! Loyal and hardworking, this one needs lots of exercise. Couch potatoes be warned.

6. Retriever (Golden)


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One of the most popular dogs to be employed to aid mental and physical therapy, the Golden Retriever is a solid and much-loved native of the British Isles.

7. Dachshund (Miniature Smooth-Haired)


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Climbing as fast as its legs will carry it through the charts is the smooth-haired mini Dachshund. Last year at number nine, the delightful mini-doxie has jumped two places. Will it be as successful next year?

8. Pug


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Dropping two places: the Pug, perhaps because of the gathering voices of those opposed to the squashed-face breeds. Nevertheless, the Pug clearly has its followers.

9. German Shepherd Dog


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The German Shepherd makes a solid appearance in the KC’s top ten most popular dogs. The mainstay of the armed forces and police, the GSD is also an exceptionally loving canine.

10. Miniature Schnauzer


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Last but by no means least, the mini variant of the Schnauzer. With all the love and cosiness of its giant moustached cousin, but far more portable, the mini Schnauzer will no doubt hit the top ten again in 2020.

We urge people to make sure they understand the breed and its characteristics before they make a decision to buy or rescue a dog,” said Mr Lambert. “To spend time researching the wide variety of breeds we are lucky to have in this country, to make sure they get the right one for them.”

And we couldn't agree more!