|Labrador is Scotlandís favourite dog
AN OFFICIAL analysis has revealed that the Labrador is the most popular breed in Scotland.
A company called Millets based its findings on statistics from the Kennel Club, and found that Labradors featured in 1978 registrations, while the Cocker Spaniel came second in Scotland with 1065 registrations. There were 654 French Bulldog registrations in Scotland.
The Lhasa Apso made the top 10 breeds in Scotland only, with an impressive 297 registrations in 2017.
The Cocker Spaniel is the second most popular dog in the country
The Labrador Retriever came out on top for the majority of regions - with the exception of the NE, NW and Wales. The Northern regions instead favoured the charming and attentive French Bulldog.
Millets' analysis showed the overall number of pedigree puppies registered has unexpectedly been declining over the past decade.
The figure peaked in 2008 with 271,719 puppy registrations, falling sharply to 219,965 in 2015. The Kennel Club put this decline down to the rise in popularity of cross breeds.
In 2008, just 1,025 (0.4%) French Bulldogs were registered, whereas in 2017 this figure rose to a staggering 30,887 (13%) pups. French Bulldogs are rapidly growing in popularity in Scotland
The beloved Labrador Retriever has seen a steady decline in registrations for most of the past 10 years, with 45,233 (17%) registrations in 2008 compared to 35,068 (14%) in 2017.
Other breeds that have seen significant changes in popularity over recent years include Pugs, Bulldogs, German Shepherds and English Springer Spaniels.
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: 'The French Bulldog has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years and became the top dog for the first time in the first quarter of 2018.
'Looking at this year's dog breed statistics however, the Labrador looks set to regain top spot by the end of the year.'