Top 10 Dog Breeds 2021

Covid-19 saw a surge in dog ownership with prices going through the woof in certain breeds. But which breeds have the highest Kennel Club registrations in the first quarter (January through to March) for 2021 and does your dogs breed make the list?

10 - Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Only just making it into the top 10 with 1,589 of registrations is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a breed who's registrations peeked in 2011. These solid, muscular terriers are often sweet natured and a perfect family pet for those with kids.

Staffordshire bull terrier

9 - Whippet

With 1,604 registrations the Whippet hound comes in at ninth. Once considered the "poor mans Greyhound", certain Whippets have been able to reach a speed of 35 mph!


8 - Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is slow to mature, it retains its puppy personality until between three to four years of age. That's up to four years of the silly, playful nature of the puppy stage to be enjoyed.

They a friendly, tolerant breed great with pets and make excellent service dogs as natural athletes and the popular gundogs had 2,414 new registrations.

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golden retriever

7 - German Shepherd

Also known as the Alsatian, the German Shepherd comes in third with 2,419 registrations. The dog breed considered the "premier" police dog in many countries around the world.

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german shepherd

6 - English Springer Spaniel

Highly trainable people pleasers, that's what's help lead to 2,775 new English Springer Spaniels being registered in the first quarter of 2021. The breed crave company and are always happy to join the family on outdoor pursuits.

English springer spaniel

5 - Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund

The Sausage dog had 3,474 registrations helping it to fifth in the list. The German descendants have an unmistakeable body shape, long and low! They make great companions.

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miniature smooth haired dachshund

4 - Bulldog

The Bulldog are a symbol of the British culture and it shows with 3,673 registered in the first quarter of 2021, that's a lot of Bulldogs! The breed is just as popular in the US with the Marine Corps also using the Bulldog as their official mascot.

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3 - Cocker Spaniel

Coming in third with 8,024 registrations is the Cocker Spaniel, famous for those long ears and wagging tails. They suit both city and countryside living and are recognised and highly social, loving human company.

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cocker spaniel

2 - Labrador Retriever

Moving down a spot, the sweet faced Labrador Retriever had 13,562 registrations. They are famous for being friendly and energetic, happy to mix with both the family and other dogs happily.

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labrador retriever

1 - French Bulldog

Only just beating the Labrador Retriever, the fabulous Frenchie is the most registered Kennel club dog in the UK during the first quarter of 2021 but it was close (with the Lab at 13,562 and the French Bulldog at 13,600).

Most of us could have guessed this as they seem to be everywhere at the moment, during almost every walk there seems to be a French Bulldog approaching.

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french bulldog

* Registration Data from the UK Kennel Club -

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