Labradors have retained the top spot as Britain's favourite dog breed, a survey has revealed.

Dogs Trust’s National Dog Survey, the largest of its type in the UK, recently published results showing Labradors ahead of breeds like Cocker Spaniels, Cockapoos, Jack Russell Terriers, and Border Collies.

Early this year, Dogs Trust, which has a centre in Wickhamford, near Evesham, called upon Britain's dog enthusiasts to tell them about their pets.


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Respondents totalled over 244,000, receiving the information of nearly 350,000 dogs around the country.

While crossbreeds accounted for around 11 per cent of the canine respondents, Labradors reigned supreme, followed closely by Cocker Spaniels and Cockapoos.

The survey also highlighted the top dog names in the UK.

For female dogs, Poppy, Bella, and Luna were top picks, while male dogs were most commonly called Alfie, Charlie and Milo.

Willow, Lola, Buddy, and Barney also proved popular among pet owners.

The "census", which according to Dogs Trust is the largest of its kind in the UK, also reflects the trends of dog adoption according to the organisation.

In the charity's 21 rehoming centres scattered across the UK, the most adopted breeds were Jack Russell Terriers, Border Collies, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and of course, Labrador Retrievers with approximately 10,490 dogs found new homes throughout the year.

Crossbreed dogs made up a significant portion of the rehomed dogs, so for the first time Dogs Trust disclosed the genetic makeup of these canines.

Breeds like Cockerpoo, Jack Chi (Jack Russell & Chihuahua), Shepsky (German Shepherd & Husky), German Sheprador (German Shepherd & Labrador Retriever) and Labradoodle (Labrador & Poodle) were most popular among crossbreeds.

Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dogs Trust, said: "Whether you have a Bella, a Luna, an Alfie or a Milo, it’s clear that dogs are important members of the family, so it comes as no surprise that almost a quarter of a million people shared information about their dogs with us.

"We’re also delighted that our hard-working staff, volunteers and foster carers have helped over 10,000 dogs find their forever homes this year."