Dog-lovers 'choosing European breeds over traditional British ones'

Dog-lovers are increasingly choosing European breeds over traditional British ones, shows data

  • While the labrador is top dog in UK, Kennel Club reports French bulldog is No2
  •  In 2001, there were just 160 registered puppies but last year it was 37,590
  • Over same period, registrations of the Yorkshire terrier have fallen 88 per cent

Dog-lovers are increasingly choosing European breeds over traditional British ones, new data has revealed.

While the labrador is still top dog in the UK, the Kennel Club reports that the French bulldog, owned by celebrities including David Beckham and Madonna, is No2. 

In 2001, there were just 160 registered puppies but last year it was 37,590.

While the labrador is still top dog in the UK, the Kennel Club reports that the French bulldog, above, owned by celebrities including David Beckham and Madonna, is No2

Over the same period, registrations of the Yorkshire terrier – once the UK’s most loved dog – have fallen 88 per cent and it is now the 59th most popular breed

Over the same period, registrations of the Yorkshire terrier – once the UK’s most loved dog – have fallen 88 per cent and it is now the 59th most popular breed.

The Kennel Club’s Bill Lambert said social media had made people aware of more breeds but warned: ‘Don’t just choose a pet based on trends and popular culture.’

Other European breeds becoming more popular include the Italian pointer, the Belgian shepherd dog and the Portuguese water dog.

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