With an estimated 10.1 million pet dogs in the U.K., British people are some of the biggest dog-lovers in the world and nearly a quarter of adults are sharing their home with their beloved pooches.
There are over 300 different recognised dog breeds, but in the U.K., there are some that are more popular than others. Dogs like Dalmatians have a special place in people's hearts because of TV and movies, whereas others, such as the English Bulldog are popular because of cultural and historical connotations.
Read on to see our list of the most loved dog breeds in the United Kingdom!
Oh yes! The Bulldog is one of the most well-known dog breeds in Britain. It became an especially popular breed after World War Two, as one of the most iconic Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill, was commonly compared to the determined and resilient breed.
Nowadays, many people recognise the English Bulldog breed from the Churchill Insurance Adverts, which was made famous nationwide from the catchy theme tune and slogan.
The Springer Spaniel is so popular in the United Kingdom there are two different breeds - the Welsh and English Springer Spaniel.
The breeds are very similar, but the Welsh Spaniel is slightly smaller and longer than the English Spaniel, as well as having only a bright red and white coat.
An affectionate and excitable breed, this dog is the perfect loyal companion, as well as being the best type of dog that you can play fetch with.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the cute and sassy younger cousins of the Springer Spaniel and have a prestigious and royal past.
Bred as lap dogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were seen as so exceptional that supposedly King Charles granted a law that they are allowed in any establishment, even the Houses of Parliament.
Unfortunately, the law isn’t upheld anymore, but the playful and patient breed can still be found in all corners of the United Kingdom, as it will adapt quickly to almost any environment, family, and location, as well as suiting both city and country life.
The Labrador Retriever has regularly topped the list of most popular dog breed in the U.K., and it doesn’t take a genius to understand why. Gentle, loyal, and playful, the Labrador is the perfect family dog, and they have risen in popularity since they were first introduced in the late 19th century.
Additionally, Labrador Retrievers are extremely popular breeds for disability assistance, and you will often find them acting as guide dogs or therapy dogs.
If you’ve ever watched the film Marley and Me, you can see firsthand how, despite their cheeky and boisterous nature, their hearts of gold make them a beloved addition to any family. Beware though, they are famously hungry dogs and will eat and eat until forced to go on a diet!
Everyone who watches 101 Dalmatians goes through a period of wanting a Dalmatian as a pet.
After the release of the book and two films, the Dalmatian became one of the most popular pets in English households, and nowadays they are recognised as being a distinctly British breed, despite their origins in Croatia.
The spotted breeds are highly intelligent and extremely proud, as well as being unique and beautiful. If you’re lucky enough to own a Dalmatian, you’ll probably get countless people stopping you on the street to compliment your perfect pooch.
One of the more controversial breeds, the Pug has become extremely popular in recent years.
Originally from China, the breed is becoming extremely desirable to influencers and Instagram-fanatics, as their friendly nature and massive puppy dog eyes have captured the hearts of thousands.
Their somewhat glum expression can’t help but make you go ‘awww’, and their tiny frame that can fit in any lap arguably made them the most wanted dog breed in the U.K. during the mid-2010s.
Despite being a German dog, the German Shepherd is another well-loved breed in the United Kingdom.
The German Shepherd is one of the most popular working dogs, and you’ll often find them serving in the army, police force, and airport security. However, despite this, when off-duty and well-trained, they are one of the gentlest breeds you can come across.
Eager to learn and in need of a purpose, German Shepherd’s are the smartest type of dog in the world, and many Brits find themselves willingly pouring hours of time and effort into this loving and loyal breed.
Despite both being Bavarian, the Daschund cannot be more different from the German Shepherd but still joints it in the ranks as one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.K.
More commonly known as ‘sausage dogs’, these long-bodied, short-legged pooches have become super popular, probably because they are so darn cute!
Their tininess isn’t to be underestimated, as these dogs can be extremely stubborn and difficult to train. However, with patience and consistency, they can quickly become a man's best friend, as their intelligence, liveliness and courage make them a great breed to own.