ITV surveyed 10,000 people across the UK and the results are in! Of the 217 recognised breeds, not to mention thousands of cross-breeds, which is our top 10 favourites? To see the full list, watch Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100 on ITV catch up.
Britain's Top 10 Favourite Dogs
Britain’s Top 10 Favourite Dogs
10. Cavalier King Charles spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is among one of the oldest toy breeds boasting an illustrious history that can be traced back several centuries. These incredibly loyal and devoted companions were named after King Charles II, who adored them. They love nothing more than sitting on our laps.
9. Springer spaniel
The Springer is renowned for having a cheerful nature, a trait which has endeared the breed to many dog owners the world over. Springers are highly regarded in the field being one of the most popular gundogs in the world because they are so receptive to being trained. They have one of the best senses of smell of all breeds of dog, the military use them to sniff out explosives.
8. German Shepherd
Extremely loyal and intelligent, the GSD is not only a great choice as a family pet, but they are extremely versatile in a working environment too. These reliable dogs are highly prized by police forces, used to sniff out drugs.
6. Cocker Spaniel
A bird dog at heart, the cocker spaniel loves food and will bond closely with the person who feeds it. They are happy, energetic dogs that adapt well to most lifestyles. Cockers are extremely intelligent, they boast having kind, patient, loyal natures and are never happier than when exploring a back garden, park or countryside with their noses glued to the ground.
5. Border Collie
The Border Collie is one of the most intelligent dogs on the planet, it can understand up to 1,000 words. For generations, the Border Collie has worked alongside shepherds both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world
4. Staffordshire bull terrier
Bred in the 19th century as a fighting dog, but those days are long gone, The staffie is known for it’s courage, intelligence and love of children. Staffies like nothing more than a warm lap to curl up on and an owner they can look up to for all the direction and guidance they need with loyalty and devotion. Sadly the most likely breed to be found in rescue centres.
3. Jack Russell
Bred in England around 200 years ago to hunt foxes. The Jack Russell is bold, happy and an energetic pooch that thrive on being around people. They are spirited terriers, fearless and sassy with minds of their own and aren’t above causing mischief to get a laugh. Corrie star Simon Gregson’s Jack Russell, Cookie, plays his dog Rover in the soap.
2. Mixed Breed
Not really a breed at all. It’s all about the underdog – mutts, mongrels and mixed breeds. Experts estimate that there are over 400,000 mixed breeds.
The most popular assistance dogs in the world, if trained they can help with everything from doing the washing to answering the phone. They make great companions and are commonly used as service and therapy dogs.