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30-01-2019

Top of the Pups!

Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been named the country's favourite dog breed in a result that left viewers either delighted and outraged.

Staffies beat off competition from popular breeds such as the Labrador and the Springer Spaniel to claim the top spot in a nation of dog lovers. 

A mammoth two-and-a-half hour rundown last night saw the country's 217 recognised dog breeds whittled down to a top 100.

Based on a poll of 10,000 people for ITV's Britain's Favourite Dogs show, popular breeds such as the German Shepherd and Cocker Spaniel managed to nab spots in the top 10.

However a shock was on the cards when last year's winning breed, the Labrador, came in at third, behind the Cockapoo, a mix of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been named the country's favourite dog breed in a result that left viewers either delighted and outraged

Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been named the country's favourite dog breed in a result that left viewers either delighted and outraged

Staffies beat off competition from popular breeds such as the Labrador and the Springer Spaniel to claim the top spot in a nation of dog lovers

Staffies beat off competition from popular breeds such as the Labrador and the Springer Spaniel to claim the top spot in a nation of dog lovers

However a select few were disappointed with the outcome, claiming the breed was 'more aggressive than other dogs'
Britain  reacted in shock and surprise as Staffordshire Bull Terriers were officially named the country's favourite dog breed, with many celebrating the news

However a select few were disappointed with the outcome, claiming the breed was 'more aggressive than other dogs' (left)

Hosts Ben Fogle and Sara Cox then announced the often-maligned breed of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as the winner, causing jubilation online from many.

But some viewers were left disappointed by the result, describing staffies as 'aggressive' and 'dangerous'.

User @mjk1m said: 'Staffies are dangerous dogs. Who is even questioning this? Potentially dangerous to people and certainly to other animals, cats and dogs included.'

However many staffie fans fired back, stating that had a bad reputation due to poor owners who forced it to be aggressive, exploiting its high trainability.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Dogglebox! Delighted owners share snaps of their prized pooches glued to the TV to find out which breed would be voted Britain's top dog of 2019 

Pet owners shared snaps of their pooches glued to their TV screens as the winners of Britain's Top 100 Dogs was announced.

Last night's ITV announced that the Staffordshire bull terrier was the nation's top dog after the nation picked their favorite breeds in a vote from a choice of 200.  

And dogs and their owners had their eyes firmly fixed on TV screens  during the two-and-a-half hour show - which saw Labradors drop to third place after claiming top spot last year.

And delighted dog owners shared these hilarious snaps of their pets as they anxiously awaited hearing the results of the vote from hosts Ben Fogle and Sara Cox.

The top 100 dogs of 2019: Full list

100 - The Otterhound 

99 - The Afghan Hound 

98 - Australian Shepherd

97 - Leonberger

96 - Sproodle 

95 - Chinese crested 

94 - Irish wolfhound  

93 - Sussex Spaniel

92 - Borzoi

91 - Hungarian Viszla

90 - Boston Terrier  

89 - Schipperke

88- Chow Chow 

87 - Cairn Terrier 

86 - Bull Mastif

85 - Wire Fox Terrier 

84 - Samoyed

83 - Welsh Springer spaniel 

82 - Gordon Setter 

81 - Airedale Terrier 

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 

55 - Newfoundland 

54  - Yorkshire terrier

53 - Welsh Corgi 

52 - Bedlington Terrier

51 - Chihuahua

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50 - Hungarian Viszla

49 - Old English Sheepdog

48 - Rhodesian Ridgeback

47 - Pug 

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

16 - Welsh Terrier

15 - Cavachon 

14 - Dandie Dinmont terrier

13 - Labradoodle

12 - Miniature Schnauzer 

11 - Flat Coated Retriever

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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