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Popular Dog Breeds Around The UK

What dogs are most popular in different parts of the UK? Perhaps the most British dog is the Bulldog, but what happens if you look a little deeper? It seems that certain breeds have become more popular in certain parts of the country. They have won over the locals for some reason or another and cemented their popularity in a particular postcode. There are roughly 8.5 million dogs in the UK, and it’s estimated that one in four households owns a dog.

You might have your favourite type of dog breed but is it popular where you live? You might not want a common dog breed, you may prefer to get a more unusual breed of dog. Either way it’s interesting to see how different areas of the country like different types of dog.


You might wonder how this sort of data can be gathered, well, Petlog and Animalcare produced a map of the UK showing the popularity of dog breeds using microchip data from the last decade. The data includes five million dogs but crossbreeds were unfortunately not included.


It’s no surprise that the UK’s favourite breed of dog is the labrador. What is more interesting is that labradors are the most popular in the UK but not in Ireland, where there are 20,800 jack russells and 20,700 labradors. According to this data the jack russell is the second most popular breed in the UK, closely followed by the staffie.
Greyhounds for example are most popular in North Yorkshire and Shih Tzu’s rule the city of Liverpool. In London people tend to prefer smaller dogs, which makes sense due to the lack of space in the city. There is also one place where Border Collies are the most popular breed of dog,  Llandrindod Wells in Wales. You can have a look at the map to see which breed is most common where you live.




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