But which puppies’ popularity has increased the most in the last 12 months? Bought By Many looked at the latest data to find out.
Trending Puppies: Biggest change in number of internet searches since June 2014
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Trending now: BIG dogs
Perhaps the most unfamiliar name in this Top 10 – to UK dog lovers at least – is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog (also known as the Caucasian Ovcharka). Hailing from the Caucasus Mountains of Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbijan, Caucasian Shepherds were originally bred to hunt bears and kill wolves – skills which are unlikely to be needed in most parts of the UK. Caucasian Shepherds can grow up to ten stone in weight, sometimes dwarfing their owners.
Also trending are two other sizeable breeds: the water-loving Newfoundland, and the original moutain rescue dog the St Bernard.
As well as physical strength and discipline, new owners of these giants breeds will need deep pockets. Big dogs have big appetites, and the cost of pet insurance can be 4x higher than it is for smaller dogs.
Toy Dogs: The Next Generation
At the other end of the size spectrum, interest in Toy Dogs is also evolving. While French Bulldogs and Pugs are now firmly established in the Top 10 most searched-for puppies, it is other small breeds who are now making the running – literally in the case of Papillon-cross Konjo, recently crowned the world’s fastest dog on two paws.
Meanwhile, another diminutive member of the spaniel family, the Cavalier, is the top trending puppy of 2015.
Other toy dogs to win new fans in 2015 inlcude the Dachshund, the Pomeranian, and the oft-confused Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso.
Preferred Pooches: The UK’s Favourite Puppies by Total Volume of Internet Searches
Change in position vs 2014 is shown in brackets
German Shepherd (+1)
Cocker Spaniel (-1)