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Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK

Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK

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Everyone in the UK has their favourite breed of dog, whether it was the dog you grew up with as a child, or just a certain breed that captures your heart. These days the choice is endless, whether you want a rare dog breed, such as the Puli, a Hungarian dog that looks like a mop, or an ever-popular Labrador, you will be able to find the best breed for you and your family. With more mixed dog breeds than ever, you can even find a dog breed that combines all the characteristics that you want from your dog. 

Why Brits Love Dogs?

The British are definitely a nation of dog lovers, and more and more places in the UK are becoming dog-friendly, making it easier for you to share your life with your furry friend. Dog ownership spiked hugely during the pandemic, with many people making the most of being at home to take the step into dog ownership. Dogs are proven to be good for mental and physical health, giving us loyalty and affection without strings, and encouraging us to take more exercise and spend time in nature. Dogs really are a benefit to any family.

Importance of Choosing the Right Dog Breed

Choosing the right breed for your family and your circumstances is vital. Do not just pick a dog based on its looks but on its breed traits. Don't choose a high-energy dog if your idea of a nice weekend is lying on the sofa watching movies. Don't choose a highly social dog breed, if you are out at work all day. Spend time considering your lifestyle and pick the best breed to fit in with your life.

Discover the UK's Most Favourite Dog Breeds

There is a huge amount of choice, and this in itself can be difficult! So we have compiled a list of the most popular dog breeds, to help you decide on the best dog breed for your family.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador is a loyal, affectionate popular dog, and part of the Gundog group. Labradors make great family pets, they are easygoing and trainable, and they enjoy a good walk, and a snooze by the fire. 

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniels come in two varieties, working and show. Make sure you choose the right one for you! A working cocker is a high-energy Gundog, that is designed to work outside all day. A show cocker was bred for showing and is perfectly happy having a cuddle, with a little trot around the park. Make sure you don't get these two mixed up.

French Bulldog

Happy and funny little dogs, with big personalities, the French Bulldog, or Frenchie, is an ideal dog for those with limited space. Be mindful that they are a brachycephalic breed, as characterised by their squashed face. In severe cases, this can lead to serious health conditions, so make sure you check out the health of the parents thoroughly.


Again beware of the cuteness factor of their long backs, and the associated health risks. However, Dachshunds are a fantastic little hound, with huge personalities. Remember that hounds take a lot of training, and they can be very independent.

Border Collie

Part of the pastoral group, collies are bred for herding. They are high-energy working dogs and require a good amount of exercise as well as mental stimulation.

Border Terrier

The border terrier is a fun, hardy little dog. The terrier instinct is still strong, so be prepared for some naughtiness! However, they are loyal and affectionate, and with good training make fantastic family companions.

English Bulldog

With its classic stance and distinctive waddle, the English Bulldog is instantly recognisable. They are an excellent family companion, requiring only a little exercise, and plenty of love. Again, be aware that they are a brachycephalic breed which can lead to health complications.

Golden Retriever

Devoted, loyal, and friendly, it's easy to see why the Golden Retriever is one of the most popular family pets. Easy to train, affectionate and straightforward, the Golden Retriever is a great choice of dog for any family.


Another of the brachycephalic breeds, the Pug is a sturdy little dog that makes an excellent companion. Loyal and affectionate, they fit well into family life, being happy to snooze on the sofa and enjoy a short trip to the local park.

German Shepherd

An ideal dog for an active family, the German Shepherd makes an excellent family dog, with good and consistent training. They are strong and intelligent dogs, so if mishandled or untrained, can experience behavioural problems, but if you put the time into them you will be rewarded with a fiercely loyal companion and protector.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Commonly known as the Staffy, these little powerhouse dogs adore their family. They can be a little grumpy with other dogs, but good socialisation from a young age will help with this issue.


The tiny Chihuahua certainly comes with a huge personality. Ideal for those with very limited space, the Chihuahua is a tiny little dog. But don't be fooled by that diminutive cuteness, as they can be very hard to train!

Jack Russell Terrier

Traditionally used for ratting and hunting, the Jack Russell is a lively, inquisitive terrier. They are fun and intelligent, but can be unruly if not well-trained!


The Cockapoo has fast become one of the most popular family dogs. Combining the affectionate natures of both the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle, the Cockapoo fits well into family life.

Mixed Breed

Mixed breeds are increasingly popular, and can give you a fantastic dog by combining traits, but as ever, think about what the breed will be like, not just the cute breed name!

Miniature Schnauzer

A small dog with a big personality, the Miniature Schnauzer makes a great family dog. They are intelligent, so they do require mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored.


The big bouncy Boxer dog will make the ideal companion for an energetic family. Full of affection and fun, these boisterous dogs, are fantastic as long as they have enough exercise!

Insights Into What Makes These Dog Breeds Beloved

As you can see, each breed of dog has its own defining characteristics. The important point is to match the traits to your lifestyle. Don't choose a high-energy dog to make you go on long walks, choose one because you already go on long walks, and conversely, if you do like walking, don't choose a breed like the English Bulldog which can't manage long walks. Spending time making a sensible choice will give you a loving family companion for many years.

Every Dog Needs a Place to Call Home

Whatever dog breed you choose, it will need a safe, secure place where it can sleep, play or simply spend time. Having a purpose-built dog kennel or run can be a great addition to your home, giving you somewhere you can pop your dog if you have visitors, or need to go out. Here at Dog Kennels Direct, we have an excellent range of kennels and runs, suitable for all breeds, click here to see our range, or call our friendly and helpful team on 01942 316 431 for more advice.

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