Did your favourite kind of dog make the list of the UK’s most popular dog breeds? From mixed breeds to purebreds, we at Rover dove in to our database of over 20,000 pet parents to learn more about the UK’s most beloved dog breeds.
The results are in: The most popular dog breeds nationally are mixed breeds, Labrador retrievers and Cocker spaniels.
Read on to discover which other breeds made the ranks of the UK’s top 20 dog breeds, along with some of their best characteristics.
- Mixed breed
- Labrador retriever
- Cocker spaniel
- Jack russell terrier
- Staffordshire bull terrier
- French bulldog
- Border collie
- Shih tzu
- German shepherd
- Golden retriever
- Yorkshire terrier
- English springer spaniel
- Cavalier king charles spaniel
- West highland white terrier
- Bichon frise
Often hardy and always unique, mixed breed dogs continually top lists of the most popular dog types in the UK. There’s a mixed pup out there for just about everyone!
Labs are one of the UK’s most popular dog breeds. These high-spirited sporting dogs are perfect for people who love spending time outdoors swimming, jogging, or hunting. Here is our list of 11 things only Lab owners would understand.
This sweet and smart breed was originally bred for hunting, but these compact pups also make excellent playmates for kids and are easy to train as companion dogs. Read our guide about Cocker spaniel puppies.
Jack russell terrier
These clever little dogs often have their own ideas on how things should be done. They’re playful, affectionate, and have an independent streak that can keep owners on their toes. More on Jack russell terriers here.
Staffordshire bull terrier
Courageous and clever, this breed is known for its muscular physique and patient, playful disposition with kids. Their gentle personalities make them great family dogs. Check out our round up of smile-worthy moments for Staffordshire bull terrier lovers.
This teddy bear-cute breed combines the outgoing personality of a cocker spaniel with the low-shedding coat of a poodle. Loyal and loving, they’re great pets for active families. Here are 9 things you may not know about cockapoos.
Stocky like an English bulldog but not as large, Frenchies are great for homes of all sizes. They don’t need a ton of exercise—nice walks and trips to the dog park work well. Here is everything you need to know about French bulldog puppies.
This energetic workaholic is not for the novice dog owner. At the end of a long day, however, they’ll happily snuggle up with their favourite person to celebrate a job well done. We love these 7 things Border collie owners know by heart.
Known as the “little lion dog,” the shih tzu is an outgoing and affectionate breed. Mischievous and playful, you’ll never have a dull moment with a shih tzu around! Learn more about Shih tzu puppies.
Looking for a lot of personality in a compact package? Adopt a Chihuahua! They’re ideal dogs for city dwellers, but require training to temper their “big dog” attitudes. Here is the ultimate guide to Chihuahua puppies.
These spunky pups are full of personality. Ever curious and alert, dachshunds are notoriously stubborn and require patience to train, though the results are totally worth it. Learn more about Dachshund puppies.
Intelligent and protective, German shepherds make loyal companions. These dogs bond well with their owners through physical activities like herding, tracking, and agility. Here is everything you need to know about German shepherd puppies.
Intelligence and a friendly disposition make Goldens one of the UK’s most popular dog breeds. These smart pups do well with obedience training and make great hunters. Read 5 facts about the Golden retriever temperament.
Yorkies are true terriers: funny, feisty, and braver than their size implies. Known as “the tomboy toy,” Yorkies are also quite affectionate and favourites of city-dwellers worldwide. Here is your guide to Yorkshire terrier puppies.
English springer spaniel
Friendly yet obedient, these pups make ideal hunting dogs. They crave company and will do just about anything to please their people, making them a dream to train.
Charming, funny, and mischievous, pugs make loving pets. Small yet solid, they’re the ideal house dog and happy in just about any home—city or country, kids or none. Want more pug info? Here it is!
Cavalier king charles spaniel
This noble toy breed combines an affectionate disposition with sporty athleticism. Depending on their owner’s lifestyle, they can be incredible athletes or total couch potatoes.
With their pleading expressions and funny personalities, it’s hard to resist a beagle. They make excellent hunting dogs and tend to be very loyal to their people. Here is your complete guide to Beagles.
West highland white terrier
Always entertaining, Westies are beloved for their intelligence and confidence. They can require some patience to train, but persistence pays off with this charming breed.
This cute, compact pup is perfect for apartment dwellers. Quite the little show-offs, Bichons enjoy performing tricks for their pet parents and strangers alike.