There are so many great dog breeds that it’s really hard to select which one is the best. Often, the question of which dog breed is the best is a subjective one, since people have different tastes and the dog breeds are quite varied. What we can do, though, is come up with a survey that is limited to a particular area and figure out which is the overall favorite dog breed.
That is exactly what an ITV show called Britain’s Favourite Dogs set out to accomplish. The show was aired last January of this year and involved 10,000 Brits to participate in the survey. This show was hosted by Sara Cox and Ben Fogle. In the show, viewers found out what the top 100 dog breeds are, as they are featured with the help of popular artists in the country.
As a spoiler, the number one dog breed in Great Britain happened to be the trusty old Labrador Retriever. The Lab is also the favorite dog breed in the United States. Fogle, one of the show hosts, announced the Labrador Retriever as the number one dog in the country, elated as well since he also owns a Lab. According to the host, Labradors are quite loyal, loving and kind.
The Labrador Retriever has a friendly, outgoing and active temperament. A male Lab stands at an average of 22.5-24.5 inches, while a female at 21.5 – 23.5 inches. Male Labrador Retrievers weigh 65-80 pounds, while females weight at 55 – 70 pounds. On average, Labs live up to 10 to 12 years. Labs belong to the sporting group of dogs. These sweet-faced dogs are not only the favorite dog breed in Great Britain, but they are also number one in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club.
Labs have a dense and hard coat that comes in three variants of colors: black, yellow and chocolate. They have wide heads, kind eyes, and a thick tail that resembles that of otters. The way the tail looks, in particular, makes Labrador Retrievers seem to signal the eagerness that they are known for. Indeed, Labradors are famous for their exceptional friendliness. Labradors make great family dogs because of these traits.
The second favorite dog breed is not a specific breed at all…
Mixed Breed dogs are off-springs of two dogs that are not purebred. Some people think about crossbreeds when talking about mixed breeds, but those two are actually different in some respect. Specifically, crossbreeds are off-springs of two purebred dogs. Mixed breeds, on the other hand, have a vague lineage. Most dogs are mixed breeds, and apparently, most Brits love their mixed breeds so much only the Labs are more popular. Despite having an unclear ancestry, there are many reasons to love having mixed breeds as pet dogs.
For one, mixed breeds typically live longer lives. Mixed breeds can live up to 18 years or even older because of their genetic diversity. Some purebreds live very short lives, like bulldogs that only live up to 8 years. Border terriers, on the other hand, can live up to 15 years. Mixed breeds have unpredictable personality traits and appearances as well.
The third favorite dog breed in Britain is originally from England… 🐶😍📺🔥➡️
Jack Russell was originally bred in England, as mentioned in the previous paragraph. Their original purpose was to hunt foxes. These dog breeds are also known as Parson Russell Terriers. They are clever, independent, lively, affectionate and charming. Jack Russells are quite hard to manage and train. This breed isn’t for everyone because it is highly energetic, requiring lots of exercises.
Jack Russell also still has hunting instincts, so it tends to wander and explore. They can be quite vocal as well and have a strong longing to work. It is happiest when they are around a companion or are working. They like to dig and hunt rodents in your yard. It is in the nature of Jack Russells to be hunters, after all. Because these dogs are vocal, they make good watchdogs. They are quite assertive and may not be the best breed for homes with kids.