Which will be the most popular dog breeds in 2019?
January 5, 2019
From year to year the top ten most popular dogs list tends to vary significantly. So, it doesn’t seem likely that we will see the same line up from 2018.
The popularity of certain dog breeds is based upon statistics provided by Kennel Club registration numbers and various other reports. The figures from 2018 stats were fairly worrying given the fact that multiple breeds which suffered from congenital health issues seem to only be climbing up the list.
Yet, with awareness of the implications for ownership of a Pug or French Bulldog who suffers from breed-specific issues may have done enough to ensure that healthier breeds make their way to the top again. We’re hoping that future pet owners will cast aside the cute factor when it comes to these breeds and start anticipating how emotionally and financially draining it can be to own a dog with an inherited disease. Whilst many may fool themselves under the pretence of “it won’t happen to me” it’s a sad matter of fact that it happens to a great number of owners who have been falsely assured by breeders.
Thankfully, more and more people are heeding the warning which is given to them by experts that just because a dog is fashionable or cute, this doesn’t mean that they would be a good fit for your home. The problems which brachycephalic breeds face can no longer be ignored.
It has also been noticed that a long-reigning popularity for a breed can often mean that the breed sees a reduction in popularity in future years. This is due to people not simply wanting to jump on the bandwagon when they are buying a pet.
So, with that in mind, here are our predictions for the most popular dog breeds in 2019:
Top 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds for 2019
1. The Labrador Retriever
Whilst there may be many changes to the most popular lists for dogs, the Labrador Retriever has held the top spot as the most popular dog in the world for years. This is by large due to their legendarily dependable and loving behaviour which makes the Labrador Retriever the perfect family pet.
Considering getting a lab? Head here to see if the iconic pet would be a good fit for your home.
2. The Cocker Spaniel
With a fluffy and distinctive aesthetic, it’s easy to see why many more people are opting to invest in a companion with a dynamic personality. Yet, remember that show Cocker Spaniels and working Cocker Spaniels may go by the same name, yet they’re still very much different dogs. The show-bred Spaniels carry a lot more fluff whilst the working Spaniels possess a high-octane energy which makes them the perfect gun dog.
3. The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a breed which is as good-natured as it is adorable! Their beautiful and proportionate stature coincides with their tendency to mix well with other pets and need significantly less exercise than some of the more energetic pets. However, there are still some health concerns in the breed, especially in relation to cancer.
You can find more about Golden Retrievers and whether they’d be a good fit for your home here.
4. German Shepherd
It really is no wonder why the popularity of the German Shepherd has soared in recent years. For anyone looking for a loyal and protective dog, the German Shepherd is one of the most favoured breeds around. Whilst not everyone would consider a German Shepard as a family friendly dog, there are still plenty of child-less owners who appreciate the reassuring company of the German Shepherd.
5. The Dachshund (miniature smooth-haired)
The Dachshund hasn’t been around in the top ten lists for pet breeds for a while, yet, the breed is making a comeback after their bad press back in World War two when they were heavily affiliated with the Nazis. Their dainty and distinctive silhouette may seem appealing to owners at first. Yet, just like Pugs and French Bulldogs, they don’t come without problems.