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British Dog Breeds


Ever since Victorian times, dogs have had a special place in the hearts of the British public. Walking the dog is a typical daily activity for millions of people around the country. And with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, dogs have now become a vital part of today’s confined communities.

There are now 221 recognised pedigree breeds in the UK. However, believe it or not, the French bulldog is at this moment the most popular dog in the country! But Britain has a number of world-famous breeds that never seem to lose their popularity. Here we look at just five of the most popular.

The Airedale Terrier
Dubbed the ‘King of terriers’, the Airedale came originally from Yorkshire in the north of England. Over time, British and German police have begun to use this breed, also known as “The Buckingham Palace guards of the dog world.”  

The English Bulldog
With its loveable nature, the bulldog is highly popular. The name comes from the past when the breed was used in the terrible ‘sport’ of bull-baiting.

The Corgi
The favourite of the Queen, who has had thirty of them over the years. This Welsh breed is the second-most popular member of the Royal Family. It is actually more common in republican American than monarchical Britain.

The Cocker Spaniel
Active and good-natured, this popular breed is usually one of the favourites at most dog contests. It became popular as a working gun dog, like the Labrador. It produces one of the most varied numbers of pups in a litter.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Affectionately known as ‘Cavvy’, it has a loyal, kind nature and a sunny disposition. A small breed and popular as a lap dog, it has grown rapidly in popularity in the US since 2000 and is now one of the most popular purebreds.