At a recently concluded poll, Labrador owners and lovers are sure to be proud that they have once again the most favorite dog (in the UK that is). But who would know if additional polls are conducted it could be the world’s favorite dog right? So moving on, the Labrador retriever has topped a poll as the nation’s favorite dog, receiving almost double the votes of second-placed German Shepherds.
The survey showed that the Labrador Retriever is the favorite breed across England, Ireland and Scotland, with only the Welsh preferring the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
A long-running and well-loved ad campaign for toilet paper brand Andrex featuring a cute Labrador puppy may have helped cement the place of the breed in the nation’s heart.
Border Collies received the third most votes from the 2,000 dog-lovers surveyed, followed by Yorkshire Terriers and Boxers.
Brits are also barking mad for Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bulldogs and West Highland White Terriers, which all made the top 10.
The poll, which was coincides with International Dog Day today, showed that the nation is patriotic when it comes to choosing its canines – 80 per cent of the top 10 are British breeds.
Despite the old adage of a dog being a man’s best friend, it seems that women are actually closer to their pooches, with 65 per cent of women seeking friendship in dogs compared to 54 per cent of men.
Unsurprisingly, men tend to prefer larger dogs than women, according to the research.
Loyalty, cuteness, cleanliness and discipline are the top qualities Brits look for in their dogs, with half preferring a dog that is quiet, the survey revealed.
Top 10 Britain’s favorite dogs:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd
3. Border Collie
6. Cocker Spaniel
7. Golden Retriever
8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
10. West Highland White Terrier