Why not take a look at the top 10 breeds purchased over the festive period -
1. Springer Spaniel
Gun dogs are extremely popular at the moment; introducing the English Springer Spaniel. Fun loving, affectionate and good natured, this breed loves to play, chase and run, and is great for energetic young kids.
2. Labrador Retriever
A firm favourite in the UK marketplace, and consistently appears near the top of the list every year. Bred as a gun dog, they are very loyal, intelligent, loving and family friendly. Great with kids and very easy to train; it’s no wonder Labradors are in great demand!
The Boxer, so named for the ‘boxing’ motions they make when they play fight, has started to get more popular in recent years. This breed is in the top ten, and enjoys a large following of enthusiasts who value them for their receptiveness, willingness to please and loving nature.
4. Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel is a breed that consistently does well each year at Crufts, with the breed having taken the title seven times! The Cocker Spaniel achieved its popularity as a working gun dog, and got the ‘Cocker’ name due to its proficiency at hunting the Eurasian Woodcock.
5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, or ‘Cavvy’ as they are often affectionately known, is the third spaniel to make the list. They are loyal and kind natured. Due to its size they make great lap dogs. They are very popular and loyal. Queen Victoria kept this breed of dogs from the age of 13.
The Alsatian (also known as the German Shepherd) is a large dog of German origin. It’s a relatively young breed in dog terms, with the breed originating towards the end of the 19th century. The German Shepherd is fearless, intelligent and loyal, and can often be found in working roles alongside the police and military. A former police dog found fame as the first German Shepherd to appear in a motion picture film called K-9.
7. The Pug
The Pug is often referred to as the comedian of the canine world, it’s an entertaining and good-natured dog. It would certainly be fair to say that their looks are unique and distinctive, with their short, squat bodies, curled tails and squashed faces!
8. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terriers are also very popular and definitely make the top 10. Squat, muscular and businesslike, the Staffy is a loyal dog that forms close bonds with its family and makes the perfect companion for young and old alike.
9. Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is a rough-coated terrier hailing from the Scottish borders. They are small, fun loving and lively little dogs that tend to be hardy and full of pluck! While the Border Terrier generally gets on well with children, but be careful with cats as they are likely to chase them!
10. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are a medium sized and intelligent dog that loves the water! They are renowned for their ability to work with people and are very loyal, and can be found in many working roles such as search and rescue, assistance for blind or deaf people, and as sniffer dogs.
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