Tesco Bank Reveals Britain's Most Popular Pooches

Labradors are Britain’s most popular pure dog breed, according to online research commissioned by Tesco Bank[1]. The survey, which also found the most popular dog names by breed, has been revealed ahead of International Dog Day on 26th August 2021.

  • The most popular pure breed of dog in England, and Great Britain overall, is the Labrador (10%)
  • In Scotland, Jack Russells and border collies are the top dogs (10%), and in Wales, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are the most popular pooches (12%)
  • 35% of Brits with a dog spend £50 or more on dog grooming per year
  • The most expensive dog breed by average treatment cost is Great Dane (£731), followed by Rottweiler (£588) and Labrador (£566)
  • The top male dog name is Max, and the top female dog name is Bella.

According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, 3.2 million households in Britain have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic and there are now more than 12 million dogs in the UK2. From Cockapoos to Labradoodles and Cavachons to French Bulldogs, Brits have welcomed a wide variety of dog breeds into their homes. However, a recent survey by Tesco Bank revealed that the Labrador is man’s best friend in first place as Britain’s number one dog breed.

The survey of British adults also revealed that classic canine names like Max and Bella top the list of the most popular British dog names, while Labradors are most likely to be called Millie.

Andrew McMillan, Insurance spokesperson, Tesco Bank said:

“We are a nation of dog lovers, but our furry friends come in all shapes and sizes.  Different breeds have different needs, so it’s important to give them the protection they deserve.    

“Pet insurance offers cover against a range of illnesses and events and it’s important that customers research and choose the policy that is right for them and their pet.”

ENDS.

Notes to Editor:

1 Figures from the survey are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4038 adults, of which 1063 were dog owners. Fieldwork was undertaken between 4th - 31st January 2021.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

2 Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association annual pet population data (March 2021)

About Tesco Bank

Tesco Bank’s goal is to make banking and insurance easier and better value for people who shop at Tesco. We’ve been around since 1997 and today we help more than 5 million customers manage their money every day. Over 4000 colleagues serve our customers seven days a week from our three main centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, and we are also available through online and mobile banking 24/7. Tesco Bank participates in the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board.

Tesco Bank is a trading name of Tesco Personal Finance plc. Registered in Scotland No. SC173199. Registered Office: 2 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FQ

About Tesco Bank Pet Insurance

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance ltd. Tesco Bank has a range of cover levels to help suit their customers’ needs. With four levels of cover to choose from – Accident and injury, Standard, Extra and Premier, Tesco Bank is confident that they can offer a pet insurance solution that fits their budget.

About YouGov

Figures from the survey are from YouGov Plc. 

Total sample size was 4038 adults, of which 1063 were dog owners. Fieldwork was undertaken between 4th - 31st January 2021. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

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