Top 10 Most Popular British Dog Breeds

There are over 30 breeds that originate in England: hunting dogs, companion dogs, guard dogs, sheepdogs you name it, they have it. The English Bulldog is one of the most popular breeds in the world actually ranking on number five. This breed is the national symbol of England, it has been associated with Winston Churchill, it appeared in many cartoons (Spike from Tom & Jerry), movies, commercials, is the official mascot of the United States Marine Corps and the list goes on and on.It is understandable why this dog gets so much love: it has an intimidating look, is courageous, was used for bullfights and dog fights, but at the same time is a loyal and very friendly breed that loves kids and long naps.

10 Most Popular British Dog Breeds:

  • Bulldog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Otterhound
  • Border Collie
  • Golden Retriever
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Sussex Spaniel

1. Bulldog

Bulldog, Most Popular British Dog Breeds

Life expectancy: 8 – 10 years
Temperament: Willful, Docile, Friendly, Gregarious
Colors: White, Fawn, Piebald, Fawn & White, Brindle & White, Red & White, Red Brindle, Red
Weight: Female: 18–23 kg, Male: 23–25 kg
Height: Female: 31–40 cm, Male: 31–40 cm
Origin: United Kingdom, England

The Bulldog, also known as the British Bulldog or English Bulldog, is a medium-sized dog breed. It is a muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. The Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club, and the United Kennel Club oversee breeding records.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Hypoallergenic: No
Life expectancy: 9 – 14 years
Origin: United Kingdom
Temperament: Fearless, Affectionate, Sociable, Patient, Playful, Adaptable
Mass: Male: 5.9 – 8.2 kg (Adult), Female: 5.9 – 8.2 kg (Adult)
Colors: Black & Tan, Tri-color, Blenheim, Ruby

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel classed as a toy dog by The Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club, that originated in the United Kingdom. Since 2000, it has grown in popularity in the United States and ranks as the 19th most popular pure-breed in the United States.

3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years
Temperament: Fearless, Affectionate, Bold, Intelligent, Reliable, Loyal, Courageous
Weight: Female: 11–15 kg, Male: 13–17 kg
Colors: Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Black & White, Brindle & White, Blue, Red & White, Fawn & White, Red, Blue & White
Height: Female: 33–38 cm, Male: 36–41 cm
Origin: United Kingdom, England

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a British breed of short-haired terrier of medium size. It originated in the city of Birmingham and in the Black Country of Staffordshire from cross-breeding between the Bulldog and the English white terrier.

4. Beagle


Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Amiable, Intelligent, Determined, Excitable, Even Tempered, Gentle
Colors: Lemon & White, Tri-color, White & Tan, Chocolate Tri, White & Chocolate, Red & White, Orange & White
Weight: Male: 10–11 kg, Female: 9–10 kg
Height: Male: 36–41 cm, Female: 33–38 cm
Origin: United Kingdom, England, Great Britain

The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare.

5. Otterhound


Hypoallergenic: No
Life expectancy: 10 – 13 years
Temperament: Boisterous, Amiable, Even Tempered
Mass: Male: 41 – 50 kg, Female: 29 – 41 kg
Origin: United Kingdom, England
Colors: Black, Black & Tan, Grey, Liver & Tan, Wheaten, Blue & Cream

The Otterhound is a British dog breed. It is a scent hound and is currently recognised by the Kennel Club as a Vulnerable Native Breed with around 600 animals worldwide.

6. Border Collie

Border Collie

Life expectancy: 10 – 17 years
Colors: Black, White, Blue, Blue Merle, Red Merle, Lilac, Brindle, Chocolate, Liver, Sable Merle, Gold, Red
Temperament: Tenacious, Energetic, Intelligent, Responsive, Keen, Alert
Weight: Male: 14–20 kg, Female: 12–19 kg
Height: Male: 48–56 cm, Female: 46–53 cm
Origin: Scotland, United Kingdom, Ireland, England, Wales

The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. It is very fetch-oriented.

7. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Life expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Intelligent, Kind, Reliable, Friendly, Trustworthy, Confident
Colors: Cream, Dark Golden, Light Golden, Golden
Weight: Female: 25–32 kg, Male: 30–34 kg
Height: Female: 51–56 cm, Male: 56–61 cm
Origin: United Kingdom, Scotland, England

The Golden Retriever is a medium-large gun dog that was bred to retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. The name "retriever" refers to the breed's ability to retrieve shot game undamaged due to their soft mouth.

8. English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Hypoallergenic: No
Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years
Weight: Female: 18–23 kg, Male: 20–25 kg
Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Cheerful, Active, Alert, Attentive
Colors: Liver & White, Tri-color, Black & White, Red & White, Orange & White, Lemon & White
Height: Female: 46–51 cm, Male: 48–56 cm

The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog in the Spaniel family traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game. It is an affectionate, excitable breed with a typical lifespan of twelve to fourteen years.

9. Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel

Life expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Affectionate, Dignified, Loyal, Gentle, Calm, Great-hearted
Weight: Male: 32–39 kg, Female: 25–32 kg
Colors: White, Orange & White, Lemon & White
Height: Male: 46–51 cm, Female: 43–48 cm
Origin: United Kingdom, England

The Clumber Spaniel is a breed of dog of the spaniel type, developed in the United Kingdom. It is the largest of the spaniels, and comes in predominantly white with either lemon or orange markings. The name of the breed is taken from Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire where the breed was first developed.

10. Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

Hypoallergenic: No
Color: Golden Liver
Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Mass: 16 – 20 kg
Origin: Sussex
Temperament: Devoted, Cheerful, Sociable, Friendly, Companionable, Calm

The Sussex Spaniel is a breed of dog native to Sussex in southern England. It is a low, compact spaniel and is as old a breed as and similar in appearance to the Clumber Spaniel. They can be slow-paced, but can have a clownish and energetic temperament.


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