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They steal into our hearts, become companions we can’t imagine life without, and keep us healthier and happier. It’s no wonder we love our dogs.
We share 10 of our canine favourites…
Who’s Top Dog?
1 Labrador retriever
Family-friendly and patient, no wonder the Lab has been top choice for three decades. However, looking to overtake is the…
2 French bulldog
The fashionable ‘Frenchie’ is a sociable breed and doesn’t relish too much time alone.
3 Cocker spaniel
Brimming with energy and needing long walks, they’re a great choice if you’re active.
4 Rescue dog
Rescues are often a mix of breeds, and remain affectionate and homely – but they definitely have minds of their own.
5 Border collie
A working and herding breed, they are keen to learn and love their daily walks.
6 Staffordshire bull terrier
Like all dogs, they need regular exercise – but they are equally happy to snooze (and often snore) on the couch.
7 Golden retriever
Cheery and eager to please, these friendly souls make wonderful family members.
8 German shepherd
Although their looks may intimidate, they make a good-natured, loyal companion.
They combine clever and cute – but don’t be taken in by the diminutive size. They’re strong-willed little characters.
10 Miniature schnauzer
Alert and high-spirited, these smart fellows are nobody’s fool.
Worried About Allergies?
While no dog is completely hypoallergenic, these five breeds may be more suitable for those with pet-related issues. You can minimise problems by grooming your dog frequently and keeping your bedroom pet-free.
- Cairn terrier
- Italian greyhound
- Yorkshire terrier
Words by Fiona Gibson and Marike Watson