We’ll be looking at the latest Kennel Club registration figures to determine each breed’s place in the listing, and then giving you a link to an in-depth report on that breed.
The idea is to help those looking for a puppy to make decisions based on objective information, rather than just providing a list of breed characteristics.
Health above all
We’ll be looking at the history and role of the breeds, their temperament, and above all their health.
And we’ll be telling it like it is.
Caring for a sick dog is a draining experience. Both emotionally and financially.
We think you should know what you are getting yourself into, when you chose a puppy.
There is always the worry that popularity will ‘spoil’ a breed.
I suppose by this people mean that lots of individuals will jump on the breeding bandwagon to cash in on the breed’s popularity, without being necessarily responsible or ethical breeders.
Sometimes this does happen.
Fashions in dogs come and go, and sometimes dogs become popular for all the wrong reasons. There are many people, for example, who will be concerned about the growing preponderance of flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds in this list.
We certainly do love dogs with flat faces. They have a very ‘human’ appearance, and it’s definitely one that many of us find appealing.
Sadly the flat face of the pug, the bulldog, and the french bulldog come at quite a price. And we’ll be looking at this in some detail.
Some breeds are popular for all the right reasons. Because they are dependable in both temperament and ability.
This list is dominated by gundog breeds, and it isn’t difficult to see why.
These dogs are overwhelmingly successful, both as companion dogs, and as service dogs, in large part due to their trainability and good nature.
Check out the links
We hope you find this list informative and useful.
Do check out the links if you are looking for a puppy from one of these breeds. They are full of useful and important information.
We’ll be updating this article with the latest figures as soon as the Kennel Club release them.
In the meantime, here they are – the most popular dogs in the UK in 2014. We’ll start at the bottom and work up
No.10 The Miniature Schnauzer
We will be bringing you an update on this popular little dog shortly!
No. 9 The Bulldog
We look at the failing health of the nation’s mascot and what is being done to save him.
Find out more: The Bulldog
No. 8 Border Terrier
We delve into the history of this long legged terrier and look at his suitability for those that want a smaller dog.
Find out more: The Border Terrier
No. 7 The Golden Retriever
We take a closer look at our fourth most popular gundog.
Find out more: The Golden Retriever
No. 6 The German Shepherd Dog
We look at the changes that have taken place in the breed and why the Kennel Club have listed it ‘at risk’
Find out more: The German Shepherd Dog
No. 5 The Pug
Another ‘at risk’ breed in our top ten. But why, and what can be done about it?
Find out more: The Pug
No. 4 French Bulldog
We take a look at the impact selective breeding has had on this charming little dog.
Find out more: The French Bulldog
No. 3 The English Springer Spaniel
Springers can be trouble for some. We help you figure out if you are ready for one.
Find out more: The English Springer Spaniel
No. 2 The Cocker Spaniel
We look at the deep split within the breed and help you choose which is the right dog for your lifestyle
Find out more: The Cocker Spaniel
No. 1 The Labrador Retriever
We look at why we love the Labrador so much, and whether or not he is the right dog for you.
Find out more: The Labrador Retriever
So there we have it. The top ten dogs in the UK in 2014. We hope you enjoy browsing the links and finding out a bit more about each breed.
Which is your favourite? And who do you think will be No. 1 next year? Will the Labrador hang on to the top slot? Or will the French Bulldog fly past him? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.