Posted on March 12, 2019

Staffies Pip Other Pooch Breeds to the Post for Top Dog

Staffordshire Bull TerrierOn the 30th January 2019, ITV polled 10,000 people in a bid to discover Britain’s favourite dog breed. To the surprise, amusement and in some cases, the anger of some viewers, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was the breed which came out on top!

Often given a bad rap in the media, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is actually considered a ‘nanny breed’ and many rescue and rehoming centres recommend them as perfect family dogs, as long as they have been well socialised from a young age. In fact, the Staffie is one of only two breeds that The Kennel Club consider a suitable dog to have with young children, the other being the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

What Makes Staffordshire Bull Terriers So Lovable?

Anyone who has ever owned or known a well socialised and well-trained Staffie (remember, a well-trained and socialised dog is a happy dog!) will know that these adorable bundles of fur just want love. They will climb up onto your lap and offer plenty of kisses, especially if they can sense you are sad or unhappy.

Contrary to popular belief, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier rarely attacks – unless provoked – and in fact, these dogs were specifically bred to avoid hurting humans. As hard as it may be to believe, many Staffies that end up in animal shelters and rescue centres are given up for their notable lack of aggression and lovable nature!

The Top 10 of Britain’s Favourite Dogs

With the Staffordshire Bull Terrier at the top of Britain’s favourite dog list, these pups all featured in the top 10:

Cockapoo

A Kennel Club recognised crossbreed, the Cockapoo is a cross between the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. The Cockapoo is a fluffy, friendly breed and has been previously rated as Britain’s favourite crossbreed.

Labrador

The 2018 winner, the Labrador, has long been up there among Britain’s favourite dogs. This large, clever dog is typically found in yellow, black, or chocolate, and is the most popular breed in guide dog training programmes.

Springer Spaniel

Another Spaniel breed, the Springer has had its place as a working dog for generations. Commonly seen working for the military and police, the Springer Spaniel has a very keen sense of smell.

Cocker Spaniel

The third Spaniel breed on the list, the Cocker Spaniel is another common working breed with a ‘soft mouth’ and is often used to find and retrieve the downed animal when shooting birds.

Boxer

Appearing in sixth place, the Boxer dog was originally bred from two different breeds, the English Bull Dog and the Bullenbeisser, now extinct. It is a keen jumper and often uses its front paws to ‘box’ when playing.

Border Collie

Keen herding dogs, the Border Collie is distinctly recognised for its black and white fluffy coat. It is considered to be one of the smartest dog breeds, able to recognise over 1,000 words, and is commonly used on farms for herding livestock.

German Shepherd

The top choice for police and military speciality dogs, the German Shepherd is a big dog and has firmly held its place in the top 10 of Britain’s favourite dogs for the last few years. This dog has a high training ability and is also a reliable guard dog.

Golden Retriever

The last gundog breed in the top 10, the retriever was bred for its exceptionally soft mouth when retrieving downed hunts and is another dog trusted for its skills as a guide dog.

Mixed Breed

While not a breed of their own, mixed breed dogs found their way to number 10 on the list. Mixed breeds often take the best qualities from their parent breeds and have considerably fewer health problems and longer life spans than their purebred brethren.

Does your pooch appear in the top 100 dogs list as voted on ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Dogs? Check out the full list below!

  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  2. Cockapoo (Crossbreed: Cocker Spaniel/Poodle)
  3. Labrador
  4. Springer Spaniel
  5. Cocker Spaniel
  6. Boxer
  7. Border collie
  8. German Shepherd
  9. Golden Retriever
  10. Mixed Breed
  11. Flat-Coated Retriever
  12. Miniature Schnauzer
  13. Labradoodle (Crossbreed: Labrador/Poodle)
  14. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  15. Cavachon (Crossbreed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Bichon Frise)
  16. Welsh Terrier
  17. Weimaraner
  18. Daschund
  19. Doberman Pinscher
  20. Jack Russell
  21. Cavapoo (Crossbreed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Poodle)
  22. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  23. Sprollie (Crossbreed: English Springer Spaniel/Collie)
  24. Lakeland Terrier
  25. Dalmatian
  26. Springador (Crossbreed: Springer Spaniel/Labrador)
  27. Border Terrier
  28. Welsh Pembroke Corgi
  29. Great Dane
  30. English Setter
  31. Beagle
  32. English Bull Terrier
  33. Tibetan Terrier
  34. Irish Water Spaniel
  35. West Highland White Terrier
  36. Shetland Sheepdog
  37. Lurcher
  38. Rottweiler
  39. Whippet
  40. Greyhound
  41. Shih Tzu
  42. French Bulldog
  43. German Short-haired Pointer
  44. Schnauzer
  45. Poodle
  46. Manchester Terrier
  47. Pug
  48. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  49. Old English Sheepdog
  50. Hungarian Vizsla
  51. Chihuahua
  52. Bedlington Terrier
  53. Welsh Corgi
  54. Yorkshire Terrier
  55. Newfoundland
  56. Olde English Bulldog
  57. Siberian Husky
  58. Irish Terrier
  59. British Bulldog
  60. Basset Hound
  61. Bloodhound
  62. Nova Scotia Retriever
  63. Lhasa Apso
  64. Bichon Frise
  65. Rough Collie
  66. English Pointer
  67. Bearded Collie
  68. Irish Setters
  69. Puggle
  70. Irish Setter
  71. Alaskan Malamute
  72. Parson Russell Terrier
  73. Saluki
  74. Saint Bernards
  75. Norfolk Terrier
  76. Bernese Mountain Dog
  77. Scottish Terrier
  78. Japanese Akita
  79. Maltese Terrier
  80. Pomeranian
  81. Airedale Terrier
  82. Gordon Setter
  83. Welsh Springer Spaniel
  84. Samoyed
  85. Wire Fox Terrier
  86. Bull Mastiff
  87. Cairn Terrier
  88. Chow Chow
  89. Schipperke
  90. Boston Terrier
  91. Hungarian Vizsla
  92. Borzoi
  93. Sussex Spaniel
  94. Irish Wolfhound
  95. Chinese Crested
  96. Sproodle (Crossbreed: English Springer Spaniel/Poodle)
  97. Leonberger
  98. Australian Shepherd
  99. The Afghan Hound
  100. The Otterhound

Are you considering adopting one of the breeds that feature in this year’s top 100 dogs list? Don’t forget to pick up a lovely collar and pet ID tag for your new furever friend from our dog tag selection. Or, if you’re already a proud pet parent, why not treat them to a new tag in celebration of their top-dog achievement!

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