Many of us have decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the past couple of years – Kennel Club figures show dog ownership has soared nearly 8% and demand for four-legged friends after confinement remains high.
There are 221 different purebred dog breeds to choose from, as well as many crosses, so there’s a lot of thought to go into before selecting the latest addition to your family.
Our lifestyle has a huge bearing on what kind of dog is best for us – if you have limited space you might want to look at smaller dogs, while the owner of an older pet should place certain breeds at the top of his wish list.
Meanwhile, some breeds have a reputation for being shy, which means they can be timid and reluctant to participate in games with other dogs or welcome strangers into your home.
Here are the 10 most shy dog breeds according to the American Kennel Club.