The most popular dog breeds have been revealed – and we’re not surprised to see who came out on top.
Retrievers (Labrador) have proven to be the UK’s favorite dog breed with 39,905 registrations in 2020, according to money.co.uk.
After coming close and crowning the “fastest growing breed of dog,” comes the French Bulldog, with an annual increase in popularity of 31%.
In 1997, there were 185 French Bulldog registrations compared to 39,266 in 2020, an increase of 21,125%.
The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla showed the second largest increase, with 41 registrations in 1997 and 782 in 2020, the breed grew in popularity by 1,807%.
Pugs had the third highest increase with 545 registrations in 1997 and 6,033 in 2020, increasing their popularity by 1,007%.
Salman Haqqi, pet insurance expert at money.co.uk, said: “Choosing the right breed of dog for you depends on many factors including: the size of your home and garden, the requirements walking, malting, etc.
“Our results show that people are now opting for breeds that require less walking and smaller gardens than before.
“When adopting any pet, it’s important to research their breed thoroughly before making a decision.
“Online adoption sites, such as the RSPCA, often provide lots of information including breed, age and temperament that can help you make a decision.
“Animals in need of rehoming will also often come with more information about their care needs, as an expert has spent time getting to know the dog itself.”
The most popular breed type since 1997 has been a hunting dog, such as a retriever and cocker spaniel, and the most popular breed type is a utility dog, such as a bulldog and toy poodle, now 267% more popular only in 1997.