Dogs have been a saving grace during lockdown – especially to those who have welcomed new four-legged friend into their lives.
As the ongoing pandemic deprived us of contact with human friends over the last fifteen months, we have found even more company in dogs – with some people buying or adopting a new pup to help get them through the tough times.
But which breeds have proven to be the most popular with new dog owners?
Well, according to new research by GoCompare – which is based on the number of insurance quotes issued for each type of dog since the country was placed into lockdown last March – the most popular breed appears to be the French Bulldog.
The research showed that Frenchies made up 9,324 of the insurance requests during that time.
Fun-loving family dog the Labrador Retriever takes second place, having been searched for 7,255 times during the pandemic, with the Cocker Spaniel rounding out the top three with a total of 5,269 searches since the start of lockdown.
Other breeds ranking among the top ten include the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever and Border Collies.
Top 10 Most Popular Lockdown Dog Breeds in the UK
- French Bulldog (9,324)
- Labrador Retriever (7,255)
- Cocker Spaniel (5,269)
- German Shepherd (Alsatian) (2,645)
- Bulldog (2,082)
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier (1,906)
- Miniature Short-Haired Dachshund (1,860)
- English Springer Spaniel (1,856)
- Border Collie (1,756)
- Golden Retriever (1,753)
The research by GoCompare also highlights the most popular breeds for each region of the UK, with the French Bulldog coming out top in eleven areas of the country including right here in Manchester, as well as Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and Cardiff.
Does this sound about right? Have you welcomed a four-legged friend of one of these breeds into your family during lockdown?
You can find more information on the ‘Pets of the Pandemic’ via the GoCompare website here.
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