When it comes to choosing a dog, we all have our favourite breeds, with some often proving a lot more popular than others.
It wasn’t that long ago that we revealed it was French Bulldogs who topped the charts as the UK’s most popular breed, and while they’re still up there at the top, there are other breeds that are seeing a rise in desirability.
Now, it’s Staffies who top the list in a recent study by K9 Patrol.
Its research - which analysed Google search data to assess and compare the current popularity of 20 of the country’s most searched-for breeds this spring - found that Staffordshire Bull Terriers had increased in popularity.
The study also looked into search trends, to determine which dog breeds were becoming more or less popular as the country moved towards summer.
This had several unanticipated results; usual national favourites like the Dachshund (or ‘Sausage Dog’) and the Pug were lower down the list than expected, at 5th and 14th respectively, and both on a stagnant trajectory in terms of search trends.
Interestingly, topping the list were three British breeds - Staffies, Bulldogs and Border Collies, all on an upwards trend since March.
The top 20 favourite breeds were ranked in the following order:
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- French Bulldog
- Border Collie
- Cocker Spaniel
- Golden Retriever
- German Shepherd
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Shih Tzu
- West Highland White Terrier
- Labrador Retriever
- English Springer Spaniel
Those conducting the study were surprised by its findings.
“We expected the more smaller, typically ‘fashionable’ breeds to be at the top of the list; the kind you tend to see photographed a lot on Instagram like Pugs, Shih Tzus and Chihuahuas,” they stated.
“Instead it was British breeds that topped the list, like Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Cocker Spaniels.
“This could be because many people have been having to cut costs during the pandemic, with job losses and reduced working hours to factor in.
“Alternatively, these trends may also come from a sense of patriotism; a lot of people around the world have been changing their buying habits to focus more on local and national products and services since they’ve been locked-down. This could well be the same for pet-buyers too".