Staffordshire Bull Terriers are officially Britain’s favourite dogs.
As a nation of dog lovers we are obsessed with our pet pooches and with more than 200 to choose from, picking our favourite breeds was always going to be a tough call.
But it was the Staffie who came out on top as hosts Ben Fogle and Sara Cox announced the winners on Britain’s Favourite Dogs last night.
The mammoth two-and-a-half hour ITV rundown saw Labradors drop to third place after bagging the top spot last year, with Cockapoos in second.
Based on a poll of 10,000 people, the nation’s 217 recognised breeds were whittled down to the top 100… but did yours make the list? Here are the top 10.
10 Mixed Breed
While not strictly a breed, the mixed breed category scored highly on last night’s list, with more than 400,000 across the UK alone and 150million worldwide.
Also known as ‘mongrels’, ‘mutts’ or ‘cross breeds’, mixed breed dogs are the result of intentional breeding between two different types of dog.
They are generally considered healthier than pedigree dogs, which can often carry health problems down through the generations.
Mixed breeds are down eight places from number two last year.
While not strictly a breed, the mixed breed category scored highly on last night’s list, with more than 400,000 across the UK alone and 150million worldwide
9 Golden Retriever
Known for their gorgeous coats and their love of water, Golden Retrievers were originally bred as gun dogs to hunt waterfowl.
They were named Retrievers because of their ability to ‘retrieve’ shot game without damaging their mouths.
These pooches are also used as disability dogs for the blind of the disabled. They are up from number 16 last year.
Known for their gorgeous coats and their love of water, Golden Retrievers were originally bred as gun dogs to hunt waterfowl
8 German Shepherd
Their full name is German Shepherd Dog and they are relatively new as a breed, with their history only dating back to 1899.
They are known for their reliability and trainability and are often the breed of choice to use as police and military dogs, as well as helping the disabled.
They have a strong sense of smell and has stayed at number eight from last year’s list.
Their full name is German Shepherd Dog and they are relatively new as a breed, with their history only dating back to 1899
7 Border Collies
Border Collies are highly reliable and are often used as herding dogs. Originally from the Scottish borders they are picked as sheepdogs and used in dog trials.
They are known for their intelligence and are believed to understand more than 1,000 words.
They are down two places from number five last year.
Border Collies are highly reliable and are often used as herding dogs. Originally from the Scottish borders they are picked as sheepdogs and used in dog trials
Boxers were originally bred from English Bull dogs and the now extinct Bullenbeisser.
They are fantastic at jumping and are good at catching prey because of their strong jaw.
Small to medium in size, they should never be underestimated with a loud bark and a big bite.
They were at number 18 last year.
Boxers were originally bred from English Bull dogs and the now extinct Bullenbeisser
5 Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniels are the original bird dogs. Out in the open air they will chase them at any opportunity and are known for being loyal to anyone who gives them food.
There are English and American Cocker Spaniels, which get their names from the Eurasian Woodcock – a bird they like hunting.
They have climbed one place up the list from number six last year.
Cocker Spaniels are the original bird dogs. Out in the open air they will chase them at any opportunity and are known for being loyal to anyone who gives them food
4 Springer Spaniel
Also a member of the Spaniel family, Springers are famed for their strong sense of smell.
They are used in the military to sniff out explosives, but can suffer from health problems in later life.
There are English and Welsh Spaniels and they are up five places from number nine on last year’s list.
Also a member of the Spaniel family, Springers are famed for their strong sense of smell.
They were the UK’s favourite dog last year, but still hugely popular at number three on the 2019 list.
Also known as Labrador Retrievers they are known for their trainability. Often used as guide dogs they can be taught how to do anything – even answering the phone.
Their adorable puppies are well-known in the UK for being the face of Andrex toilet roll.
They were the UK’s favourite dog last year, but Labradors are still hugely popular at number three on the 2019 list
A mix of the Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, Cockapoos are small and very friendly.
They generally live long lives and were rated Britain’s favourite cross breed.
These particular pooches are up five places from number seven last year.
A mix of the Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, Cockapoos are small and very friendly
1 Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Despite their mixed reputation, Staffies are officially Britain’s favourite dog this year.
They are part of the Pit bull family and can be very friendly to human and other dogs but they will fight if challenged.
Their aggressive side only comes out if encouraged by their owners.
Despite their mixed reputation, Staffies are officially Britain’s favourite dog this year
Dogs and their owners up and down the country were transfixed by the show.
Hundreds of people took to social media to post adorable pictures of their pets glued to the TV screen to see if they featured on the list.
Hosts Sara and Ben visited dogs from across the nation telling incredible – and bizarre stories – two of which were about the winning breed as the top 100 were counted down.
The final announcement came after a star-studded show featuring celebrities including Nicola Adams, Harry Redknapp and Gemma Atkinson and their best four-legged friends.
Staffie Diesel and owner Jordan featured on the programme, telling viewers how Diesel became a lifesaver.
In May 2016, the dog woke his family in the middle of the night by barking.
Ben Fogle and Sara Cox counted down the top 100 breeds of dog on Tuesday evening
Gemma Atkinson and her dogs were featured on the show as she explained how she spends as much time with her two pets as she can
Coronation Street’s Sue Cleaver appeared on the show with her dog George who had a DNA test
King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp is pictured with his two Bulldogs Lulu and Barney. He featured on the show to talk about his precious pooches
When Jordan went to check out the noise he found the house was on fire. The entire family made it out alive and rescue dog Diesel won the PDSA award for bravery.
Jordan said: ‘I rescued him, gave him a home and he ended up rescuing us from the fire. It’s the wonderful way things work out in life.’
The show also featured a doggy DNA test for actress Sue Cleaver’s dog George. The mixed breed turned out to be 100 per cent Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The show also revealed how dogs are regular blood donors.
Diesel the staffy saved his family’s lives when a fire ripped through the bottom of their home in 2016
The owner of Gordon Setters, Sue, explained how she regularly takes her pets to help save lives.
She said: ‘All have my dogs have saved up to 140 dogs lives by giving blood on a regular basis.’
Sharwood the Gordon Setter saved the life of Sizzle the Daschund who is a hemophiliac.
The smaller dog went into cardiac arrest and received his first blood transfusion after he cut the inside of his mouth.
Sharwood came to the rescue after a blood transfusion.
The show also featured a dog named Dally who learned to ride a pony
Ben Fogle even tried out Doga – doggie yoga – with a class fulled of Golden Retrievers.
The class is designed for owners to relax with their four legged friends – although one dog was seen mounting its female owner.
Nine-year-old Jack Russell Dally also showed ITV how she can ride a horse.
Spanky, a miniature horse, patiently rides around their US ranch home with Dally on her back – much to the amazement of their owner who said the dog did it without instruction.
Dog owners tweeted images of their pets watching the show in their living rooms across Britain
Staffies are named British dogs of the year in show hosted by Ben Fogle – a day after he leapt to their defence amid accusations he thought the breed was dangerous
By Zoie O Brien for MailOnline
The battle for the title of Britain’s best dog sparked a row over whether the UK’s number one breed is dangerous.
TV presenters Ben Fogle and Sara Cox announced the win for the controversial Staffordshire Bull Terrier – known as Staffies – on Britain’s Top 100 Dogs Live last night.
But earlier in the show, Ben Fogle took a swipe at BBC Five Live’s Nihal Arthanayake after a row between the pair over the bull terriers.
Mr Fogle took the chance to set the record straight this evening saying he wanted Staffordshire Bull Terriers to be voted the best breed in Britain when asked by co-presenter Sara Cox.
Nihal Arthanayake (lefT) faces the prospect of a defamation lawsuit after an on-air comment sparked a bitter Twitter dispute between him and Ben Fogle (right)
She asked: ‘You love Staffies don’t you?’
To which Mr Fogle said: ‘Yes’.
Adventurer and presenter Mr Fogle was accused by Mr Arthanayake earlier this week of calling Staffies ‘dangerous dogs’ in a London park sparking fury on social media.
Mr Arthanayake had said Mr Fogle called his dog ‘dangerous’ in front of his wife and children. But Mr Fogle furiously denied making the comments.
In an earlier tweet the presenter, who had threatened to sue the BBC for an ‘untrue and libellous statement’, said he is now focusing his efforts on the ITV show.
He said: ‘I’ve calmed down (I stroked Storm who Is now snuggled in my hotel room bed) Off to sleep for our big dogathon tomorrow.
‘See you live at 19.30 on. And yes. Staffies will most defiantly be included.’
The top 100 dogs of 2019:
100 – The Otterhound
Originally to hunt otters but they are now the most vulnerable breed in the UK
99- The Afghan Hound
98- Australian Shepherd
97 – Leonberger
96 – Sproodle
A new cross breed famous for being good with children
95- Chinese crested
They love human company – but are renowned for barking
94 – Irish wolfhound
The tallest of all the dog breeds used in war to drag men off of horses in battle
93 – Sussex Spaniel
92 – Borzoi
91 – Hungarian Viszla
90 – Boston Terrier
Known as the American gentleman
89 – Schipperke
88- Chow Chow
They have 44 teeth while most dogs have 42
87 – Cairn Terrier
Scotland’s oldest working dogs
86 – Bull Mastif
85 – Wire Fox Terrier
84 – Samoyed
83 – Welsh Springer spaniel
82- Gordon Setter
81- Airedale Terrier
Used to rescue soldiers from the field in the war
80 – Pomeranian
79 – Maltese Terrier
78- Japenese Akita
77 – Scottish Terrier
76 – Bernese Mountain dogs
75 – Norfolk Terrier
74 – Saint Bernards
73 – Saluki
72 – Parson Russell Terrier
71 – Alaskan Malamute
70 – Irish Setter
69 – Puggle
68 – Irish setters
69 – Puggle
66 – English Pointer
65 – Rough Collie
64 – Bichon Frise
63 – Lhasa Apso
62 – Nova Scotia retriever
60 – Basset Hound
59 – British Bulldog
58 – Irish Terrier
57 – Siberian Husky
56 – Olde English Bulldogge
The breed has only been around since the 1970s
55 – Newfoundland
54 – Yorkshire terrier
53 – Welsh Corgi
52 – Bedlington Terrier
51 – Chihuahua
50 – Hungarian Viszla
49 – Old English Sheepdog
48 – Rhodesian Ridgeback
47 – Pug
Came into favour when Queen Victoria took to them
46 – Manchester Terrier
45 – Poodle
43- German short haired pointer
42 – French Bulldog
40 – Greyhound
39 – Whippet
38 – Rottweiler
37 – Lurcher
36 – Shetland Sheepdog
35 – West Highland Terrier
34 – Irish Water Spaniel
33- Tibetan Terrier
32 – English Bull Terrier
31- The Beagle
30 – English Setter
29 – Great Dane
28 – Pembroke Corgi
27 – Border Terrier
26 – Springador
25 – Dalmation
24 – Lakeland Terrier
23 – Sprollie
22 – King Charles Spaniel
21 – Cavapoo
20 – Jack Russell
19 – Doberman Pinscher
18 – Daschund
17 – Weimaraner
15 – Cavachon
14 – Dandie Dinmont terrier
13 – Labradoodle
12 – Miniature Schnauzer
10 – Mixed Breed
9 – Golden Retriever
8 – German Shepherd
7 – Border Collies
6 – Boxer
5 – Cocker Spaniel
4 – Springer Spaniel
3 – Labrador
2 – Cockapoo
1 – Staffordshire Bull Terrier