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2022 – The most popular dog breeds in the UK right now

In 2022, what are the most popular dog breeds in the UK? Unlike majority of websites and posts on this subject, we’ve actually considered changes in the last two years. We haven’t just updated an old article without further changes.

With no major research having taken place in 2022, we can still gain a good picture of popularity. We’ve pulled together information recent sources. for an estimation for the most popular dog breeds right now.

#1 – Mixed breed – the most popular breed in UK in 2022

Over the Atlantic in the US, the it seems pretty clear that the Labrador Retriever is #1 – the most popular dog in America. That is – apart from ‘mixed breed’. Yes, hybrids and mongrels make up a high proportion of dogs in the UK too. One mix breed in particular that has become staggeringly popular is the Cockapoo – that intriguing combination of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. These are smart, warm and affectionate dogs who have been around since the 1960s, but who have become particularly big over the past decade (see below).

(UK) Google searches for Cockapoo 2004 – present

If you are wondering how much a Cockapoo costs, during their peak popularity in Covid19 times. some were going for a few thousand. Since then their price averages at around  £1,101.65, although the the reality of having a furry Cockapoo companion is going to feel priceless.

A young Cockapoo sitting on a rock during a walk in the mountains of Scotland

#2 – Labrador Retriever – the most popular pure breed dog in UK 2022

Similarly, aside from ‘mixed breed’ the Labrador Retriever is still #1 in the UK.

These dogs whose pleasant temperament helps maintain their popularity occupied the number 1 spot for the the breed with the most amount of UK kennel club registrations. 

10 month-old black labrador
Head shot of a 10 month old black Labrador puppy

#3 French Bulldog

The Frenchie (see featured image) climbed from outside the top ten to have become the 2nd most popular choice since lockdown.

This is a fashionable choice for celebrities like the Beckhams and Lady Gaga and the breed’s popularity has risen immensely over the past decade.

The Kennel Club has expressed concerns that people might be choosing the French Bulldog because they are trendy, without considering if it is a suitable breed for their situation and lifestyle. If you are thinking of getting one, make sure it comes from a reputable and registered breeder.

#4- Cocker Spaniel

These Spaniels have long-time popularity in the UK, partly due to their looks, and also because of their personalities. They can be very affectionate, and enjoy an active lifestyle. They are generally great around people, and non-aggressive towards other animals.

Zara – Cocker Spaniel
by SalvoSimon3 CCommons

#5 – German Shepherd (Alsatian)

The German Shepherd is another evergreen, and in 2021 purchasing one was likely to 50% more expensive that it had been the previous year. That gives you some idea of the effect of lockdown on prices of popular and desirable dog breeds.

#6 – Dachshund

The little Weiner is big in popularity in the UK, with a 43% increase in new household recruits since 2020! With larger breeds tending to be more popular more popular in rural areas, it’s probably no surprise that you are most likely to come across a Dachshund in an urban location.

Their personalities really shine, but when it comes to breeding – there have been clampdowns on ‘exaggerated features’ from the Kennel Club. It noted that these dogs are often favoured by advertisers on social media, and are often bred to enhance their length over their height, causing back problems, and hence – created new rules.

Puppy Dachshunds” by auteur is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.

Yet, these breeds aside, there are, of course – many other popular ones including The Golden Retriever, The Jack Russell Terrier, the Border Collie, and The Springer Spaniel.

It doesn’t end there. In fact, there are many other breeds of fantastic dogs, all with their unique features and personalities. If you’re thinking of getting one, the most important thing is to choose a breed that’s right for you.

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