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Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

1. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador is widely known as one of the best all round dogs in the world, used not only for retrieving game, but makes a brilliant assistance and sniffer dog in many fields.  It is a medium to large size. They are charming, intelligent, optimistic and friendly, excellent with children and need plenty of exercise. Prefers the countryside to city life. Their coat is easy to groom.

 

2. Cocker Spaniel

The cocker is the most popular of the spaniel family, deriving its name from flushing woodcock.They are a small-medium, active, fast and happy dog that is able to adapt quickly to its surroundings. They are in their element using their nose tracking and foraging around fields and hedgerows. Make a good pet as long as they are stimulated and recieve adequate exercise. They are excitable, but easy to train and willing to please.

 

3. English Springer Spaniel

The English springer is a medium size, seen with black and white or liver and white markings, also bred and trained to find or retrieve game. The springer is very energetic and can work tirelessly all day. It is important that springer owners are equally as active as they would require as an adult, more than two hours exercise a day. Show type springers can make excellent and intelligent companions, however many field-trial types can be too speedy for life as a house pet. Grooming required regually, especially their ears.

 

 4. Pug

The pug is a small breed with a unique character. Classified in the toy breed group, they are highly intelligent, excellent with children, highly adaptable and good tempered. They can be cheeky and mischievious, but dont require a high level of exercise, making them a good companion for the young and old. Low levels of grooming required but need training to prevent naughty behaviour.

 

5. German Shepherd

A very popular breed worldwide, and as well as being a pet, are used in great numbers as police, armed forces and guide dogs for the blind. They are highly intelligent and loyal.  They are a good watch dog, always alert. They require high levels of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and in turn mischievous behaviour. In spite of his thick double coat, he is not a difficult dog to keep groomed, provided his owner is vigorous and determined.

 

6. Golden Retriever

Bred to retrieve game in the shooting field, this breed has adapted to suit many roles, including guide dogs, and drug and explosives detection. They also make an energetic, fun loving member of the family. They do require a good level of exercise and grooming, but are easy to train and willing to please. Not suited to living in a flat and love the great outdoors!

 

7. French Bulldog

The bat ear is a distinctive feature of this breed and adds to the droll expression. He is medium-to-small-sized dog and bred in three colours – brindle, pied and fawn – with a short, easy-to-keep-clean coat.  Very intelligent and always ready for fun, the French Bulldog has an affectionate disposition. But although he has a jolly, engaging personality and is very vivacious, he is not a boisterous or a noisy dog. Comfort means a lot to him and he will happily live in house or flat as an integral part of the family.

 

8. Border Terrier

The Border terrier is a big-hearted dog in a small frame, bred orginally to go to above and below ground after foxes. Their double coat requires hand-stripping twice a year. They adapt well to town or country life, although have a keen hunting instinct so a fenced garden is a must, and they will take as much exercise as you can provide. Will chase cats if not introduced to them at an early age.

 

9. Bulldog

One of Britain’s oldest indigenous breeds, the Bulldog is known as the National dog of Great Britain and is associated throughout the world with British determination and the legendary John Bull. The pugilistic expression of this delightfully ugly dog belies his loving, affectionate nature to family and friends. He has a reputation for tenacity and is very courageous, strong and powerful. Although he is a little bit stubborn by nature, he is good-tempered with children, of whom he is also very protective. The impression he gives of being slow and sluggish is completely contradicted by the great bursts of speed that he can and does produce when the occasion demands. His mood can be dignified, humorous or comical, and he has many endearing ways. 

 

10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

One of the most popular of all the terriers. They are powerful, medium sized and have a genuine love for people and children, their tough looks hiding a very pleasant and eager to please nature. They require early socialisation with other dogs to prevent aggression and the correct upbringing and obedience training. They have a smooth short coat which is easy to groom.  They require a good level of exercise and stimulation.

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