The Top 10 Most Popular Breeds of Dog

There are hundreds of different dog breeds out there, all different shapes, sizes and with very different personalities and behaviours. With this many dog breeds, many people wonder what the most popular breeds are within the UK.

Paper Pawtraits have compiled a list of the top 10 dog breeds in the UK. Let us know if your dog made the list!

Number 10 – Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a companion/toy breed of dog and the smallest breed of dog in the world. With one of the longest average lifespans of all breeds – a whopping 15-20 years – this tiny breed is popular amongst households throughout the UK. Although small in stature, Chihuahuas have huge personalities. They’re loving, charming and full of energy, making them an ideal companion for any household.

Number 9 – Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a companion/toy dog breed with a lifespan of 12 to 16 years. With their loving, affectionate temperament, the Shih Tzu is a popular pet amongst families. Shih Tzus are often content to lounge on the sofa with their owners for hours on end. As a result, they only require a couple of short walks per day.

Number 8 – Border Collie 

The Border Collie is a working dog breed with a lifespan of 15 years. This highly intelligent, active breed was initially bred for herding livestock and can be found on most farms throughout the UK. They’re full of energy and require hours of exercise per day to burn this off. They make great additions to active households and are known to be a very affectionate breed.

Number 7 – French Bulldog

The increasingly popular French Bulldog is a companion breed with a lifespan of 10-12 years. These compact, full-loving dogs are filled with personality and are highly intelligent. French Bulldogs have a loving, affectionate personality and are always eager to please. Therefore making them great family pets.

Number 6 – Cockapoo

The Cockapoo is a mix between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. With an average lifespan of 12-15 years, the cockapoo is one of the most popular dog crossbreeds in the UK. This adorable, fluffy breed is highly intelligent and sturdy, making them an ideal pet for young families as well as first-time dog owners.

Number 5 – Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a popular dog breed amongst households within the UK. With a lifespan of 12-14 years, this often-misunderstood breed is loving, gentle, and highly intelligent. As a result of their affectionate, gentle personalities, these dogs are increasingly popular breeds amongst families.

Number 4 – Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is a working breed of dog with an average lifespan of 13-16 years. Originally bred for hunting, specifically vermin and rodents such as rats, this small, stubborn breed is highly intelligent and affectionate, making them great family dogs.

Number 3 – Cocker Spaniel

Originally bred as a gundog, the Cocker Spaniel has an average life expectancy of 12-14 years. Cocker Spaniels are a highly intelligent breed, and as a result, they’re notoriously easy to train, as well as being a loving and gentle breed, making them a popular choice amongst both first-time owners as well as families.

Number 2 – Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever always has a top spot in households throughout the UK. Originally bred as working dogs, the Labrador has an average lifespan of 10-12 years. This loyal, affectionate breed is highly intelligent and always eager to please. In turn, making them a perfect breed for families as well as first-time dog owners.

Number 1 – Mixed Breeds

With more people opting to adopt from shelters and abroad, mixed breeds have taken the top spot as the most popular dog breed within UK households. Made up of three or more breeds, mixed breed dogs are often known as mutts or crossbreeds. Due to to the variations in their genes, every mixed breed will have its own unique appearance and personality.

Have you seen your dog’s breed on this list? We’d love to see them! Paper Pawtraits offers fully bespoke, handmade portraits of your pet made entirely out of paper! Interested? Check out our products here.



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