Staffordshire Bull Terrier is named Britain’s favourite dog in ITV Britian’s top 100 dogs

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

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

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

Known for their gorgeous coats and their love of water, Golden Retrievers were originally bred as gun dogs to hunt waterfowl

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

Their full name is German Shepherd Dog and they are relatively new as a breed, with their history only dating back to 1899

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

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

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

6 Boxer

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

Boxers were originally bred from English Bull dogs and the now extinct Bullenbeisser

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

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

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.

Also a member of the Spaniel family, Springers are famed for their strong sense of smell.

Also a member of the Spaniel family, Springers are famed for their strong sense of smell.

3 Labrador 

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

They were the UK's favourite dog last year, but Labradors are still hugely popular at number three on the 2019 list

They were the UK’s favourite dog last year, but Labradors are still hugely popular at number three on the 2019 list

2 Cockapoo

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

A mix of the Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, Cockapoos are small and very friendly

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

Despite their mixed reputation, Staffies are officially Britain's favourite dog this year

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 

Ben Fogle and Sara Cox counted down the top 100 breeds of dog on Tuesday evening 

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

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

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

Coronation Street's Sue Cleaver appeared on the show with her dog George who had a DNA test

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 

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 

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

Diesel the staffy saved his family's lives when a fire ripped through the bottom of their home in 2016

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 Dallie who learned to ride a pony 

The show also featured a dog named Dallie who learned to ride a pony 

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 

Dog owners tweeted images of their pets watching the show in their living rooms across Britain 

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

Nihal Arthanayake

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle

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

61- Bloodhound 

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 

44- Schnauzer 

43- German short haired pointer 

42 – French Bulldog

41- Shitzu

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 

 

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