Posted 4 months ago
We know how many of us dog owners have relied on our four-legged friends during the last year.
As we have been deprived of contact with our human friends, we have found even more company in our furry ones over the last 15 months.
And in that time, some of us have even taken the leap of buying or adopting a new doggo to help get us through the tough times.
Amid all those snapped up across the country, it seems as though some breeds have been more popular than others among those looking for a new pet friend during Covid.
Research from GoCompare has found that the dog breed that was the most popular over lockdown was in fact the French bulldog.
The research is based on the number of insurance quotes issued for each type of dog since we went into lockdown last March. The cute little French Bulldog made up 9,324 of the requests in that time.
In second place is the ever popular Labrador Retriever. This fun-loving, energy-filled breed has been searched for 7,255 times during Covid, acting as the perfect partner for the daily outside walk or countryside ramble when we were restricted to only being allowed outside for exercise.
Rounding out the top three is the Cocker Spaniel, one of the most recognisable and beloved breeds across the UK for many years.
There were 5,269 searches for insurance on these floppy-eared friends since the start of lockdown.
Other breeds ranking among the top ten include the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever and Border Collies.
The ten most popular dog breeds in the UK according to GoCompare are as follows:
- French Bulldog (9,324 insurance searches)
- Labrador Retriever (7,255)
- Cocker Spaniel (5,269)
- German Shepherd (Alsatian) (2,645)
- Bulldog (2,082)
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier (1,906)
- Miniature Short-haired Dachshund (1,860)
- English Springer Spaniel (1,856)
- Border Collie (1,756)
- Golden Retriever (1,753)
The research from GoCompare also highlights the most popular breeds by region in the UK, with the French Bulldog coming out top in eleven areas of the country including Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff.
The Labrador Retriever also backed up its second place ranking overall by being most popular in three areas - Aberdeen, Southampton and Leicester.
Despite not featuring in the top ten overall, the Boxer was the most popular lockdown in both Hull and Coventry.
Pugs also made the top spot in Newcastle despite not being among the most fancied breeds overall this year.