What dog could be more adorable than a cockapoo, Kennel Club’s top dogs in the UK shows that breeds like whippets and corgis, which were at risk of extinction, are now enjoying a resurgence thanks to increased demand for lockdown pups

  •  The Kennel Club revealed the top most popular breeds in each part of the UK
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Queen’s favourite pet, has been in high demand. 
  • Parson Russell Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier, and Parson Terrier breeds no longer pose a risk
  •  British Whippet has made it onto the list of top ten most popular London breeds

Brits went mad for designer dogs over lockdown last year, with Cockapoos becoming one of the most coveted breeds with the price of a puppy trebling as breeders sought to cash in on demand. 

It seems, however that the cost of popular dog breeds has risen so much that Britons are now looking for less trendy options to adopt their four-legged friends. 

Now The Kennel Club’s list of the most popular dog breeds in the UK has revealed that previously unpopular varieties such as Whippets and English bulldogs are more in demand than ever. 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth II. It has been in London’s Top 20 Most Popular Breeds since its introduction.

While the famed French Bulldog remains the most beloved breed, many people are now choosing British-bred dogs like the Parson Russell Terriers and Bedlington. 

And while the French Bulldog, which as of late 2020 had a hefty price tag of £3,100, came up tops in several parts of the country – it was the loyal Labrador voted number one in the UK. 

19 breeds, previously classified as at high risk or vulnerable, have experienced an increase of popularity since the pandemic.   

Another pooch enjoying newfound popularity is the Whippet, affectionate dogs who are great for smaller spaces who made it onto the list of top ten most popular breeds in London. 

As their owners abandon them, ‘Lockdown pups’ flood rescue centers 

Hunderts of dogs that were purchased in the pandemic period are now being resold and/or handed to rescue centers.

In January, sellers flooded pet sites with ads for puppies aged six to twelve months.

Owners often admitted that they don’t have the resources or time to care for their pets.

The price of puppies surged to more than £3,000 for some breeds last year as many people started working from home or were furloughed.

As owners try to recover their expenses, there have been dozens of ads on websites like Preloved and Pets4you.

In the three-months that have passed, more than 1,800 individuals called Dogs Trust to surrender dogs less than one year of age.

There were 114 calls to the charity on December 27th and 28. These included 19 for puppies less than nine months.

According to the RSPCA, it is’really worried’ about so many dogs being resold. It also said that it was “bracing” for more animals be left behind.

Bagging the overall top spot in London was again the French Bulldog, but tastes did vary depending on location – with trendy east London favouring the Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund 

The Whippet was most successful in North London, where it entered Islington and Kings Cross. This area also saw the English Springer Spaniel chosen. 

Kensington and Notting hill were wealthy west Londoners who loved the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund. They could only be matched by the expensive Pomeranian.   

North West London, including Hampstead and Brent Cross, is the only area in London to include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier while Cocker Spaniel and Golden Retriever were the two most popular choices.  

 South East London areas such as Lewisham and Woolwich also favoured the Whippet and Pomeranian while South West London areas Wandsworth and Tooting bucked the trend chose the Border Terrier as favourite.  

Bill Lambert from The Kennel Club believes that the cause for this rise is because dog owners have ‘cast their net wider’ when choosing the breed of dog they want.

He said, “We’re so fortunate to have such a variety of breeds here in the country. We are happy to see our canine friends, especially some of our historical native breeds, enjoying a popular boost in the capital.” 

‘The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a real success story – coming from the brink of disappearing in the capital to being one of Londoners’ most popular dogs, and some other breeds that were rarely seen on London’s streets have fared well during lockdown.

“We believe this to be a sign Londoners are beginning to look further when choosing their dog breed, though the French Bulldog is still a favorite in our capital. 

This breed is known for its health problems, and it’s not the breed to suit everyone.

‘There are many other British and Irish breeds that are currently at risk of disappearing from our capital’s streets so we would urge people to spend time researching the vast range of breeds – and they can meet 150 breeds under one roof at our upcoming Discover Dogs event in London – to ensure they find the right one for them and their lifestyle.’ 

Which breed is most popular?  The most desired dogs by each region are revealed through research 

These are the most loved breeds across all regions of the UK 
1 French Bulldog  French Bulldog  French Bulldog  French Bulldog  French Bulldog  French Bulldog  French Bulldog   
Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund  Labrador  Labrador  Cocker Spaniel  Labrador  Labrador Retriever  Labrador   
Labrador  Cocker Spaniel  Cocker Spaniel  Labrador  Cocker Spaniel  Cocker Spaniel  Cocker Spaniel   
Bulldog  Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund  Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund  Golden Retriever  Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund  Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund  Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund   
Cocker Spaniel  Whippet  Pomeranian  Pug  Bulldog  Golden Retriever  Golden Retriever   
Whippet  Golden Retriever  Golden Retriever  Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund  Whippet  Miniature Schnauzer  Bulldog   
Pomeranian  Miniature Schnauzer  Miniature Schnauzer  Whippet  Pug  Pomeranian  Whippet   
Miniature Schnauzer  Bulldog  Bulldog  Miniature Schnauzer  Miniature Schnauzer  Bulldog  Miniature Schnauzer   
Golden Retriever  Pug  Whippet  Pomeranian  Golden Retriever  Border Terrier  Pomeranian   
10  Pug  English Springer Spaniel  Miniature long-haired Dachshund  Staffordshire Bull Terrier  Pomeranian  Miniature long-haired Dachshund  Pug