Ever wondered which breed of dog is the most popular in your area?
An interactive map, created by the BBC, shows the five most popular breeds of dog in each county across the UK.
Data collected by microchipping companies Animalcare and Petlog shows breeds, excluding crossbreeds, registered in the UK over the past 10 years.
Labradors were found to be the most popular dog overall, with over 509,500 registered in the past decade. Jack Russell Terriers were the second most popular breed, followed by Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Border Collies and Cocker Spaniels.
Here in Stoke-on-Trent the most popular breed is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, ahead of Jack Russell Terriers, Labradors, Border Collies and English Springer Spaniels.
The popularity of Labradors comes as no surprise to us; they are easy to train, loyal and suitable for many people and families.
Use the map to find out what the most popular dog breeds are in your area.
Trying to choose the right breed of your dog for your family can be difficult but there are three breeds were often recommend to our clients: Labrador Retriever, Hungarian Vizsla and the German Shorthaired Pointer.
We find all three breeds are intelligent, fun and perhaps most importantly, gentle around children. Read on to find out more about the three breeds we love and recommend at WKD Trained Dogs.
Labradors are the most popular breed of dog in the world because of their lovable, fun, energetic but gentle nature which makes them the perfect choice for families with children and other pets.
Their gentle and intelligent nature also means they’re an excellent choice for people with disabilities, whether that’s as a companion dog or an assistance dog.
Last year a family with an autistic son came to us after reading research about the potential benefits dogs, especially Labradors, can give people with disabilities.
We trained a Black Labrador Retriever for them, who they named Hector. During the first few months of having Hector at home with them they didn’t notice much difference but then their son began talking to Hector and started to seek him out. (You can read a testimonial from the family on our testimonials page)
Interested in a trained Labrador? Visit our Trained Puppies and Trained Family Dogs page to take a look at the Labradors we currently have for sale.
The Hungarian Vizsla (sometimes called the Magyar Vizsla) is a gundog that has been around since the 10th century where they were used as hunting dogs by Hungarian tribes.
Their loyal and affectionate nature has earned the Hungarian Vizsla the nickname ‘velcro dogs’.
Vizslas are gentle around children which makes them a great option for active families who have the time to exercise them daily.
Watch the video below to see Dylan, a Hungarian Vizsla, we recently trained and sold as a trained puppy.
There are currently no Hungarian Vizslas listed for sale on our website, but please contact us to find out if we have any in our kennels.
German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer was developed in Germany in the 19th century for hunting.
They are intelligent, affectionate and energetic and are suitable for active families who can exercise and let them run daily.
German Shorthaired Pointers usually get along with other animals and make good watchdogs.
There are no German Shorthaired Pointers listed as for sale on our website, but please get in touch with us to find out if we have any.
If you want a fun, energetic but gentle family dog we believe all three breeds are an excellent choice.
Not all of the dogs we have for sale are listed on our website so if you cannot see a Labrador, Hungarian Vizsla or German Shorthaired Pointer for sale please get in touch with us to find out if we have one available.
If we haven’t got the breed you’re interested in or you have specific requirements, we can source and train a dog to meet your exact requirements.
Call us on 01785 761 441 or fill in our contact form to begin the search for your perfect trained family dog.