Most Popular Dog Breeds: Dog Breed Popularity 2021
Posted on 20 July, 2021
Written by Arslan Hassan
A 2020/21 survey concluded that 33% of households in the UK owned and were happily raising pups. So, there's no denying that Britts are indeed a nation of dog lovers. Moreover, as the coronavirus lockdown plunged many into feelings of loneliness and despair, the rate at which people adopted pets rose rapidly.
So, if you're also thinking of jumping on the bandwagon and bringing a furry friend home, you'll probably want to get the trendiest pup in town as well. Remember that whatever breed you choose to bring home, nourishing it with love and care is necessary.
However, if you do want to have a look at the most popular breeds in town, we've got your back! In this article, we'll be discussing the Most Popular Dog Breeds for 2021:
Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2021
1. Mixed Breed or Mutts
Often known as mutt, mixed breeds are the products of multiple breeds of the same species that breed without any assistance from humans. Although their behaviour and personality are usually dependent on the breed they originated from, they're mostly independent beings that are sharp and intelligent.
If they're bred from a terrier, they're likely to get feisty around other dogs. So, that is one thing you'd want to keep in mind.
The exercise needs of mixed breeds also largely depend on what breeds are behind them. Indigenous dogs require lots of exercise and playtime, whereas those that originate from sighthound or giant breeds are usually less active.
Mixed breeds usually don't have specific grooming needs. Just ensure to brush regularly, and you're good to go!
2. Golden Doodle
One of the most popular dog breeds in the world, the golden doodle is a mix between the Poodle and Golden Retriever. With their adorable teddy-bear like appearance and extraordinary intelligence and loyalty, the adorable breed has gained many fans in the UK over the years.
Golden Doodles make the perfect family and service dogs due to their obedience and positive energy. They also usually tend to get along well with other family pets and children, which is a bonus. And for those who tend to get allergies from being around dogs, you'd be glad to know that this adorable furball could be your next BFF as their coat is non-shedding!
For their exercise and grooming needs, make sure your furry friend gets about 20-30 minutes of exercise every day. And to ensure good hygiene and health, brush their coat regularly.
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
This adorable terrier, which originates from Great Britain, is widely known as a ''nanny dog'' due to its reputation as a child's friend and guardian. Although they were bred in the 19th century as fighting dogs, we promise you they're much softer and kinder than the purpose they were bred for.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier requires frequent human contact and attention but also values its playtime and significant exercise. They're gentle and adventurous but don't get along too well with other dogs. However, some obedience training can change that.
To keep their skin and coat on point, make sure to brush your Staffie regularly.
Also owned by Love Island star Chris Hughes, the Labs are another dog breed that has vastly been gaining popularity in the UK. The sweet-faced labs are known for their outgoing, intelligent, kind, and trusting personalities. If your family is looking for a medium-large-sized dog, a Labrador and their love for providing affection and care will surely make the perfect addition to your home.
Although outgoing and friendly, they're athletic beings who require lots of exercise and playtime for good physical and mental health. Ideally, you should brush your Lab once every week to minimize shedding.
5. Springer Spaniel
With their typical "Spaniel" look, the English Springer Spaniel comes with large, telling eyes and its signature long-hanging ears. These charming dogs are known for their energetic personality, which isn't a surprise considering they were popularly used as hunting partners.
They're cheerful pups with a strong urge to be alert and attentive at all times, which also makes them relatively easy to train. However, they're not suited for sedentary lifestyles, so you'll need to ensure your Spaniel gets plenty of exercise daily. As for their grooming needs, your furry friend will need at least a weekly brushing session to prevent mats and tangles.
Another popular breed in the UK, the boxer, was bred as guard dogs, so they naturally have guardian instincts. They make excellent family dogs due to their friendly and playful nature. They're easy to train and extremely obedient. However, the boxer is an energic breed that requires plenty of exercise and physical activity.
This adorable breed has moderate grooming needs due to its short coat. Just brushing their coat weekly with a rubber brush and a full bath every few months, and you're good to go!
7. German Shepherd
For a variety of reasons, the Shepherd has gained popularity all over the world as a favorite dog for many, probably due to its unmatched loyalty and courage. They also tend to be bright and intelligent, which makes them easy to train.
The German Shepherd can be trained to do a variety of tasks. For example, they're widely used in rescue and search missions. Other than that, this obedient pup will also listen to and obey your commands.
Moreover, they're athletic breeds, so ensure they get 90 minutes of exercise and other physical activity regularly. And give them a regular brush to prevent debris and extra hair.
8. Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever is that one dog breed that will always be in trend. These adorable pups have all the qualities you could ask for in your four-legged furry friend – they're kind, affectionate, trustworthy, and intelligent. All these characteristics combined make them the perfect companion for every household. They're also known to get along with children and other pets in the house.
As for their physical needs, it's a fact that the Golden Retriever needs significant exercise regularly to keep mentally and physically fit. Moreover, to ensure a smooth and healthy coat, brushing them regularly and a good conditioner while bathing is essential.
9. Miniature Schnauzer
With their big bushy brows and bearded muzzle, the miniature schnauzers are known to be one of the most social and friendly dog breeds. They're intelligent and sharp, which makes them relatively easy to train. Moreover, due to their easygoing nature and personality, they also get along perfectly fine with children and other pets in the household.
A miniature schnauzer will happily accompany you on your morning walks and will also relax with you on a lazy weekend. But it's important to ensure this adorable furball doesn't turn into a couch potato and gets some exercise regularly. As for their grooming needs, you'll need to groom them at least twice a week to keep them healthy.
As much as we adore all the dogs out there, the above-mentioned remain the most popular dog breeds in the UK. Remember that whichever breed you chose to make a part of your friendly, always providing them with love and care is necessary.
Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Dynamologic Solutions.