LABRADOR RETRIEVERS are the most popular dogs in Scotland.
That’s according to analysis by Millets from official dog registration statistics from the Kennel Club.
Looking across the past 10 years, the Club have found that Labradors feature in 1978 registrations, while Cocker Spaniels came second in the country with 1065 registrations.
The number of French Bulldogs is growing most rapidly, thanks to celebrity endorsements from the likes of Lady Gaga and the Beckhams.
The little canines are now close to overtaking Labradors as the UK’s most popular dog breed. In 2008, just 1,025 French Bulldogs were registered, whereas in 2017 this figure rose to a staggering 30,887 puppies.
Other breeds that have seen significant changes in popularity over recent years include Pugs, Bulldogs, German Shepherds and English Springer Spaniels.
Smaller breeds are generally increasing in popularity whilst larger breeds seem to be on the decline.
Many dogs are also at risk from disappearing entirely, including some of the nation’s oldest and historic breeds. A total of 31 breeds are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable list including the Bearded Collie, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Miniature Bull Terrier.
Caroline Kisko from The Kennel Club said: “The French Bulldog has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and became the top dog for the first time in the first quarter of 2018.
“Looking at this year’s dog breed statistics however, the Labrador looks set to regain top spot by the end of the year.
“There are actually a huge 221 pedigree dog breeds in this country to choose from – each with their own distinct characters – so people need to take care when choosing their four-legged companion, that they get the right one for them.”