Final shortlist announced for UK’s favourite dog breed

We're huge dog lovers here in the UK – but which breed has stolen our hearts the most?

If you've ever wondered which is the most-loved by us Brits, you'll soon have the answer. TeamDogs has been on a mission to crown the nation's favourite dog breed with the final round of voting closing tomorrow. It's not too late to have your say.

Staffies are sitting comfortably at the top, as they have done pretty much since day one. We obviously adore the loving and loyal Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

But it’s not over just yet. Your vote could see another breed sneak in and nab the top spot at the very last minute.

Hot on the heels of the Staffie are Black Labradors, Boxers, Greyhounds and Border Collies. While the top five has seen a change around in terms of order over the last few weeks, these popular breeds have never been too far from the top of the leaderboard.

So what makes these five breeds worthy of being named the UK’s favourite in theTeamDogs Favourite Breedpoll?

We spoke to five owners on why they’re championing their favourite breeds. This is what they had to say.

Staffies

Speaking about her love of Staffies,Suzanne Sargent told TeamDogs: “Where to start with describing this wonderful little dog? They were known in Victorian times as the 'Nanny Dog' due to their affection for children and their loyal nature.

“Our Staffie Lola is extremely loving and although friendly, remains indifferent towards her canine counterparts – preferring human company every time.

"A game in the garden, long walk or simply a 'cuddle up' on the sofa, she'll be happy to oblige – as long as she's with you. This love of human company has been clearly apparent in each of the three Staffies we've been lucky enough to own and others we have encountered.”

Black Labradors

As well as being absolutely adorable and incredibly affectionate, Black Labrador Shadow has provided comfort to his owner while she grieves for the loss of her mum.

Abigail Rabbet said: “My black lab puppy, Shadow is all for the snuggles.

“Every morning, he bounds up to me and licks my whole face – it's like having a very cute superfan.

“He's incredibly intuitive too. I recently lost my mum and we brought Shadow to keep us company.

“During the grieving process, he has been the most amazing tonic.

“From making walks to the grave less lonely, to a comforting paw on the knee during teary moments – he has been an undeniable force of good during some exceptionally difficult and painful times.”

Boxers

As someone who has owned multiple Boxers over the years, it’s no surprise to hear that Kelly-Lee Wilde is backing them to win.

She said: “Over the past 17 years I have had the pleasure of owning four boxers as well as fostering two more for Buddy’s Boxer Rescue.

“My love of boxers began with Max, who I met whilst volunteering at a dog rescue. He was curled up on my backseat on his way home with me within a few hours of us meeting.

“I remember sitting that evening thinking what have I done, I had just moved into a new home, all the internal doors were off and I’d just taken delivery of a new leather sofa.”

Then came Izzy, Buddy and Isla.

Kelly-Lee added: “Boxer dogs are truly an amazing breed, they’re fun, intelligent, friendly and devoted to their family. Their only vice being that they genuinely believe that they were bred to be lap dogs! They are my heart breed.”

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Greyhounds

Describing them as ‘kind-hearted, quiet and gentle’,Charlotte Vowles told TeamDogs: “Despite their sleek appearance and incredible speed, Greyhounds love to worship nothing more than your sofa, your bed, or wherever else they can lay their head because they’re also known as ‘the 45mph couch potato’.

“And although a Greyhound ‘zoomie’ is a sight to behold, they were bred for speed, not endurance. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t actually need huge amounts of exercise, so if you’re looking for a jogging buddy, I’m afraid you can jog on.

“After a quick sprint, they love nothing more than snoozing and lying around the house in a number of strange yoga-like positions known as ‘roaching’.”

She added: “I guarantee, once you’ve had one of these unique personalities in your life, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.”

Border Collies

On why she thinks Border Collies should win the competition,Rachel Sutherland said: “Known for their place on a farm, this breed also has a special place in my heart.

“Border Collies are loyal, super intelligent and have shed loads of energy. Five years down the line and my dog Vinny still gets mistaken for a sprightly pup by fellow dog walkers!

“If you lead an active lifestyle and love a good hike then sheepdogs are definitely the type of pooch for you. Vinny will happily join me on 5km runs and it’s often me who struggles to keep up with him!

“Half an hour later, when I’m in a heap on the couch, Vinny will be raring to go on his next adventure.

Have your say in theTeamDogs Favourite Breedcompetition by casting your vote for your favourite breed. Voting closes on Saturday, August 14.

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