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The Nation's Favourite Dog Breeds, Revealed

The Nation’s Favourite Dog Breeds, Revealed

With recent studies showing that more than a third of UK households own a dog in 2022, it’s fair to say that many Brits would happily categorise themselves as proud dog lovers. 

And whether it’s small, groomed puppies, or giant, shaggy-haired dogs – we all have our favourite breeds. 

But what about the nation’s favourite? 

When we think of national dog breeds, there are likely a few usual suspects that spring to mind. Pugs, for example, have come to become synonymous with British culture – a favourite with celebrities, influencers and the British public alike. Likewise, the old English Bulldog, with its rustic, Victorian charm, could be another equally apt contender. Or maybe it’s the Queen’s favoured Corgi which would come out top? 

To try to settle the debate, pet wellness specialists at Miracle Leaf have collaborated with UK Pets, to find out how often Brits are searching to buy different breeds of dog, and how these trends have changed since 2020.

Key Findings

 

  • The American Bully has been the most viewed dog, with almost 1,000 monthly views in it, of 2022 so far. This breed has experienced a fast and dramatic surge in popularity since Spring 2020 – where it did not make the top 20 favourite dog breeds. 
  • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the only breed to have made the top 5 positions consistently since 2020 to present. Over the last three Springs, it came in 1st, 4th and 2nd place, respectively. 
  • Over the course of the last three years, there has been a shift in interest for smaller, breeds, or ‘show dogs’. 2020-2021 both saw Sproodles and Miniature Dachshunds in the top 5, but this year’s ranking is dominated by bigger, security-focussed breeds: American Bullies, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bedlington Whippets, English Bulldogs and Siberian Huskies
  • Firm national favourites, making the top 20 most viewed pages on the Pets UK website for two years or more, include the Labrador Retriever, the Cocker Spaniel, the Siberian Husky and the Yorkshire Terrier

The Nation’s Favourite Dog Breeds – 2022 

Position    

Breed 

Monthly Views

1

American Bully

4121

2

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

3779

3

Bedlington Whippet

1461

4

English Bulldog

1341

5

Siberian Husky

1304

6

French Bulldog

1126

7

Pomeranian 

1107

8

Cocker Spaniel

1056

9

Miniature Dachshund 

945

10

Yorkshire Terrier

930

11

Bernedoodle

929

12

Belgian Malinois

899

13

Teacup Pomeranian

869

14

Sproodle

829

15

Jack Russell

769

16

Yorkie Poo

719

17

Shiba Inu

656

18

Chihuahua

647

19

Cockapoo

621

20

Pug

604

In top position was the American Bully – with 4121 views on the UK Pets selling website. This breed has gained dramatic and quick popularity in the UK, not appearing in the top 20 list for 2020. 

 

Favoured for their size and fierce loyalty, the  breed pipped several British bred breeds, like the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (coming in at 2nd) and the English Bulldog (4th), to the punch.

Interestingly, other long-time favourite breeds were significantly lower down in the rankings than researchers expected.  The Miniature Dachshund (or ‘sausage dog’) came in 9th place with 950 views, while the Pug only just scraped into the top 20 – with 604 views. 

The American Bully came in first place for the nation’s favourite dogs in Spring 2022, having not ranked at all in 2020. 
Staffordshire Bull Terriers were the only breed to retain a top 5 position in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Next up, researchers wanted to see how this list compared to the last two years. 

The Nation’s Favourite Dog Breeds – 2021

 

Position

 Breed

Monthly Views

1

Sproodle

4702

2

Basenji

1801

3

American Bully 

1773

4

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

1253

5

Shiba Inu

1210

6

Cocker Spaniel

1206

7

Bernedoodle

861

8

Alaskan Klee Kai

849

9

French Bulldog

695

10

Siberian Husky

654

11

Sprocker

495

12

Yorkshire Terrier

488

13

Springador

475

14

Chihuahua

449

15

Labrador Retriever

433

16

Pomeranian

419

17

Toy Poodle

418

18

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

404

19

German Shepherd

403

20

Jack Russell

400

The beloved Cocker Spaniel made it to the top 20 most-viewed pages for three Springs running.

The Nation’s Favourite Dog Breeds – 2020

 

Position   

Breed

Monthly Views

1

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

1720

2

Sprocker

1087

3

Yorkshire Terrier

986

4

Miniature Dachshund

929

5

Jack Russell

781

6

Toy Poodle

656

7

Cocker Spaniel

646

8

Labrador Retriever

601

9

Sproodle

597

10

Siberian Husky

517

11

Springador

514

12

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

483

13

Japanese Shiba Inu

464

14

Border Collie

448

15

Welsh Collie

401

16

Sprollie

395

17

Pomeranian

365

18

Shih Tzu

354

19

English Bulldog

350

20

Basenji

332

 

 

  

 

The Siberian Husky was a firm favourite, ranking in the top 20 three Springs running.

The Nation’s Favourite Dog Breeds - 2020-2022

Methodology 

Researchers gathered their results by analysing the most-viewed pages on the Pets UK website in March 2020, March 2021 and March 2022. 

The top 1,000 most-viewed pages on the site were analysed, and the top 20 dog breeds for each year were filtered out, and ranked according to monthly traffic for each year. 

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