Dog breeds

Most popular dog breeds: 10 adorable dog breeds that have grown in popularity the most over the past 25 years, including the fashionable French Bulldog

Fashions change when it comes to the popularity of different types of dogs, and price comparison site www.money.co.uk recently looked at which breeds have seen an increase in popularity since 1997.

Research shows how much taste has changed, with large dog breeds favored in 1997 being overtaken by small dogs in 2012, which have remained the most popular ever since.

Many of us have decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the past two years – according to figures from the Kennel Club, dog ownership has soared nearly eight percent during the global pandemic .

There are 221 different purebred dog breeds to choose from, as well as plenty of crossbreeds, so there’s a lot of thought to go into before selecting the latest addition to your family.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with psychologist Stanley Coren’s book “The Intelligence of Dogs” ranking breeds by instinct, obedience and adaptability.

And while hunting dogs like retrievers and spaniels remain the most popular group of dogs to own, utility dogs like bulldogs and poodles are catching up fast – with demand increasing 267% since 1997.

Here are the 10 breeds that have gained the most popularity.

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