- Labrador Retriever
- French Bulldog
- Cocker Spaniel (English)
- English Springer Spaniel
- Golden Retreiver
- German Shepherd
- Miniature Smooth Haired Daschund
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Border Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Shih Tzu
- Smooth Coat Chihuahua
- Hungarian Vizsla
- Boston Terrier
The top six breeds account for more registrations between them than the remaining 214 dog breeds combined.
The biggest rise in popularity continues to be seen by the French Bulldog, whose registrations increased by a staggering 44% last year. If the current rate of increase continues, it will overtake the Labrador, which increased by only 4% in 2017, as the UK’s top dog next year. (This is despite the Labrador being voted our favourite dog in a recent TV poll, where the Frenchie took a paltry 31st position.)
Other ‘winners’ include the Boston Terrier, which appeared on the list for the first time, and the Mini Smooth Haired Dachshund, which has moved up 10 places since 2013. The classic Bulldog has moved up three places in the past five years, while Hungarian Vizsla numbers are also steadily climbing.
There’s sadder news for lovers of Westies, Lhasa Apsos and Long Coat Chihuahuas, however, as these breeds no longer appear in the top 20. German Shepherds, Shih Tzus, and Border Terriers are also on the decline.
|Cocker Spaniel (English)||2||2||2||2||3|
|English Springer Spaniel||3||3||4||5||5|
|Mini Smooth Haired Dachshund||19||18||16||11||9|
|Staffordshire Bull Terrier||10||11||11||12||12|
|Cavalier King Charles Spaniel||12||12||12||13||13|
|Smooth Coat Chihuahua||16||15||13||16||17|
|Long Coat Chihuahua||20||~||~||~||~|
Full registration statistics for all breeds can be found here.