The nation has spoken following a survey of 10,000 people and the results are revealed as seen on Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100 on ITV
We are a nation of dog lovers, with one in four of us sharing our home with a pooch. Man’s best friend has even overtaken cats as the most popular pet.
But of the 217 recognised breeds, not to mention thousands of cross-breeds, which is our favourite?
A poll of 10,000 people reveals the top 100 dog breeds in Britain, and we’ve listed them here, from 100 to Top Dog at number 1!
100 Dandie Dinmont
One of Britain’s oldest terrier breeds, one of the rarest dogs in the world.
99 Bedlington Terrier
Once a vicious hunter of rats and rabbits.
98 Welsh Terrier
Likes to chase badgers, foxes and otters.
97 Wheaten Terrier
Named after the colour of ripening wheat.
96 Airedale Terrier
The biggest terrier of the lot.
95 Gordon Setter
Its thick coat was designed to protect it from the harsh Scottish weather.
A sleek Persian greyhound.
93 Lakeland Terrier
Now an endangered breed.
A Chihuahua and Yorkie cross.
A Jack Russell and Yorkie cross.
90 Staffy Jack
This one is a cross between a Jack Russell and a Staffordshire bull terrier.
A golden retriever and Labrador cross.
A poodle and bichon frise cross.
Packs up to 130lbs of muscle and drools.
86 Dogue de Bordeaux
One co-starred with Tom Hanks in the 1989 movie Turner and Hooch.
Almost 3ft tall, with lion-like features.
84 St Bernard
The largest dogs, they can weigh 25 stone.
83 Fox Terrier
The inspiration for Tintin’s dog, Snowy.
The Queen’s best pal. She’s had over 30.
81 Chinese Crested
Chinese sailors used them to catch rats.
A poodle and shih-tzu cross.
79 Boston Terrier
It’s coast has a tuxedo-like pattern.
A German shepherd and Canadian Labrador mix.
77 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Developed in Africa as a hunting dog.
A Staffie and Labrador mix.
75 Japanese Akita
Japan’s most popular breed.
Can’t bark due to narrow voice box.
A schnauzer and poodle cross.
72 Italian Spinone
This gun dog dates back to the Roman Empire.
71 English Pointer
They point their bodies in the direction of prey.
70 Rough Collie
Bred as a sheep herder.
69 English Bull Terrier
Bred to fight, they have triangle-shaped eyes.
68 Border Jack
A Jack Russell and border terrier cross.
A Springer spaniel and poodle cross.
66 Chow Chow
Chinese breed, known as puffy-lion dog.
65 Flat-Coated Retriever
Bred to fetch game from land or water.
Jack Russell and Chinese pug cross.
63 Afghan Hound
Bred in Afghanistan’s mountains.
62 Shar Pei
Bred as guard dogs in China.
Border collie/ German shepherd.
60 Hungarian Vizsla
Famous for their loyalty.
59 Bearded Collie
Bred to withstand Scottish weather and troublesome sheep.
A cross between a pug and a beagle.
57 German Short-Haired Pointer
Bred to be the ultimate hunting dog.
56 Great Dane
They can grow up to one metre tall.
55 Old English Sheepdog
Its hair can cover its face and eyes.
54 Scottish Terrier
They were bred to hunt vermin.
53 Shetland Sheepdog
This breed was popular in 1960s and 1970s.
52 Doberman Pinscher
Developed by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann in 1890.
51 Tibetan Terrier
Bred by monks and said to bring good luck.
50 Alaskan Malamute
Bred to pull sleds across the Arctic tundra.
A springer spaniel and Collie cross.
Their white coats are a symbol of divinity.
47 Parson Russell Terrier
These are Jack Russells with longer legs.
Developed to hunt red fox.
Bred in Canada to haul in fishing nets.
A clever border collie and Labrador cross.
43 Cairn Terrier
Small breed from the Scottish Highlands.
These noble-looking dogs are born with stripes for camouflage.
41 Irish Setter
Glossy dogs that date back to the 1500s.
A Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix.
Features in the 1961 film, 101 Dalmatians.
A Labrador and English springer spaniel.
Can hit speeds of up to 35mph.
This springer and cocker spaniel mix is loyal, energetic and good at sports.
Two of them were saved from the Titanic.
Cavalier King Charles spaniel and a poodle.
33 Basset Hound
They’ve the best sense of smell of all 100.
A German breed with a powerful bite.
31 French Bulldog
They have surged in popularity.
Cavalier King Charles spaniel and bichon frise mix.
29 Miniature Schnauzer
They’ve a distinctive beard.
28 Siberian Husky
Used as a sled-racing dog.
27 Lhasa Apso
Bred for Tibetan monasteries.
26 British Bulldog
Stood for Brits’ tenacity and courage.
25 Bichon Frise
Has black eyes and a fluffy white coat.
They are distant cousins of greyhounds.
Famous as cartoon character Snoopy.
The most popular dog in the 60s.
21 Border Terrier
Bred as a fox and vermin hunter.
Takes just three strides to reach 30mph and has a top speed of around 45mph.
The world’s smallest breed.
One of the best jumpers in canine world.
These hunting dogs can have back issues.
16 Golden Retriever
Bred as gun dogs to retrieve water fowl.
15 Yorkshire Terrier
Their hair keeps growing, like humans’.
14 Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle)
A Labrador and poodle mix. Bred to be a low-shedding dog, they are ideal for people with allergies they have started to be used as guide dogs.
13 West Highland Terrier
Originally bred for hunting, they were specialist rodent catchers and they have a very sturdy tail.
Developed in China, the breed is known as little lion dog in Mandarin.
Their characteristically squashed faces can hamper their breathing. A group of pugs is known as a grumble.
The Top 10!
10 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Named after King Charles II, who adored them. Their favourite place is on your lap.
9 Springer Spaniel
With one of the best senses of smell of all breeds of dog, the military use them to sniff out explosives.
8 German Shepherd
These reliable dogs are highly prized by police forces, used to sniff out drugs.
This cocker spaniel and poodle cross is the most popular mixed breed in Britain and dates back to the 1960s.
6 Cocker Spaniel
A bird dog at heart, the cocker spaniel loves food and will bond closely with the person who feeds it. Handy if your owner is a chef – James Martin has one called Cooper.
5 Border Collie
The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.
4 Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Bred in the 19th century as a fighting dog, but owners say they are softer than that. Sadly the most likely breed to be found in rescue centres.
3 Jack Russell
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated but can be any colour.
2 Mixed Breed
A mongrel, mixed-breed dog or mutt is a dog that does not belong to one recognised breed and is not the result of intentional breeding. Estimates place their numbers at 150 million animals worldwide.
The Labrador is the most popular of all pedigree breeds and his popularity comes from his versatility as family companion, service dog, guide dog as well as a working gundog. The breed originates from Newfoundland, which from the 16th century was renowned for the fishing industry with well-established trading routes between England and Canada. Dogs were used there to help fishermen retrieve nets and lost lines and pull carts loaded with fish. The Newfoundland dogs were smaller than they are today and a smaller variety was known as the St John’s dog.It is thought that these breeds crossed with hunting dogs taken to Newfoundland by English traders and fishermen formed the basis for the modern Labrador.
(Article source: Pets 4 Homes)