Popular Dog Breeds For 2015
We all have certain dog breeds that we prefer. The sort of dogs you like can depend on things like your lifestyle, dogs you have grown up with and your experiences of different dog breeds.
Dogs are the most diverse species, no other animal is as varied as dogs are. We have created hundreds of different dog breeds through artificial selection. Many are bred to do very specific jobs and have in built characteristics that we desire.
Dog breeds can easily fall in and out of popularity. A dog breed's’ popularity is influenced by dog shows, the media and celebrity owners. If one A list celebrity buys a certain breed, suddenly their numbers dramatically increase. A lot of dog breeds fall in popularity because they are demonised in the media.
Wondering what the most popular breeds are in the UK? You can see what the most popular dog breeds are in specific areas of the country
Here are the top 10 most popular breeds in the UK in 2015:
- Labrador Retriever
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Border Collie
- Cocker Spaniel
- English Springer Spaniel
- German Shepherd
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Shih Tzu
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- West Highland White Terrier
- Golden Retriever
- Border Terrier
- Lhasa Apso
- Bichon Frise
If you are wondering which breed might be best for you then it’s definitely worth doing some research. Think about the type of dogs you like and then look into their temperament and characteristics. Just because a dog is popular and looks attractive doesn’t mean it is the correct breed for you.
The best places to get information is from the Kennel Club website, responsible dog breeders and breed specific rescue organizations. You might also want to meet a wide selection of dog breeds in person before you make a final decision. Dog shows and events such as Discover Dogs offer the chance to come face to face with all the different dog breeds.
You don’t necessarily need to choose a popular dog breed listed above. There might be other breeds that are better suited to your needs. It’s also worth considering getting a rescue dog instead of a puppy from a breeder. Give a dog a second chance at a happy life and rehome a rescue dog in need.