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Each year the Kennel Club release statistics on the most popular pedigree dogs breeds. Of course, the list excludes popular hybrid or so called designer dogs such as the Labradoodle and Sprocker. So which breed of dog proved to be the most popular choice for owners in 2017?
1. Labrador Retriever - 35,068
The ever popular Labrador Retriever once agin took top honours in the popularity stakes with a whopping 35,068 registrations for the year. This is hardly surprising as it a true family friendly dog with a lovely even temperament and a high level of intelligence.
2. French Bulldog - 30,887
This quirky little dog has really become popular over the last few years and if the trend continues could see the breed become our most popular dog. In 2017 there were 30,887 registrations compared to 2016 when 21,470 dogs were registered. The French Bulldog was our 3rd most popular breed in 2016, but 2017 saw the breed take 2nd spot. Although the French Bulldog is a great size for most family homes, it can be prone to breathing difficulties due to its flattened muzzle.
3. Cocker Spaniel - 23,317
The energetic Cocker Spaniel polled 23,317 registrations in 2017 and dropped from 2nd position down to 3rd. However, the number of registrations were up from 2016 with 21,854 registered dogs. Again the Cocker Spaniel is a great family friendly dog, but its exercise needs may make make it unsuiable for some dog lovers.
4. Pug - 10,783
Bursting with character is the Pug! The Pug retained its 4th position in 2017 with 10,783 registrations. sadly like the French Bulldog the breed can be prone to breathing issues and obesity is also quite common for this food driven dog! On the plus side, the Pug is a great size for all homes and doesn't require hours of vigorous exercise each day!
5. English Springer Spaniel - 9,958
Retaining its 5th spot is the elegant and energetic Springer Spaniel. Again, it makes a great family dog but does need plenty of exercise each day to prevent issues such as hyperactivity around the home. This breed is best suited to an active household. 9,958 dogs were recorded in 2017.
6. Bulldog - 9,450
The imposing Bulldog comes in again in 6th position. This magnificent muscular dog requires a competent owner with good knowledge of the breed to bring out the best of this dog. New owners should also be aware that this stocky breed has a high rate of hip dysplaysia at around 70%. Owners will also need to clean the folds of excess skin on the face to prevent sores and infections.
7. Golden Retriever - 7,846
Another family favourite is the trusty Golden Retriever who has stept up to 7th position from 8th in 2016. Large in size, this placid breed is well known for its kind and gentle temperament. Again it's a dog that thrives on plenty of exercise, loves it food and requires quite a lot of grooming to keep the glorious coat in tip top condition.
8. German Shepherd Dog - 7,479
Dropping down one position to 8th spot is the handsome German Shepherd. There were 7,479 registrations in 2017 compared to 7,751 in 2016. Sadly, the breed is prone to hip dysplasia and may be too large for many family homes.
9. Miniature Shorthaired Dachshund - 5,735
The Miniature Shorthaired Dachshund has enjoyed a popularity boost jumping up from 11th posistion in 2016 to 9th in 2017. Maybe it's the fact that this adorable little dog is perfect for smaller homes or has an amazing expected lifespan which can be between 14-17 years if the breed manages to avoid the many health issues that can affect the breed. Being short in the legs and long in the body makes the Mini Dachshund prone to spinal problems so stairs and excessive jumping should be avoided.
10. Miniature Schnauzer - 5,611
In 10th position with 5,611 registrations is the Miniature Schnauzer. Again another lovely little dog that is suitable for most family homes. However, owners will have to fork out money for regular trips to the grooming salon to help maintain the coat in its traditional trim.
11. Border Terrier - 5,130
12. Staffordshire Bull Terrier - 4,282
13. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - 3,588
14. Boxer - 3,371
15. Whippet - 3,352
16. Shih Tzu - 3,119
17. Smooth Coat Chihuahua - 3,058
18. Hungarian Vizsla - 2,756
19. Beagle - 2,309
20. Boston Terrier - 2,287