Dogs Making a Run at Cats in the U.K.

In America, there are more pet cats than dogs (90 million cats, 77 million dogs, according to the American Pet Products Association) for many years, and it's also been that way in the United Kingdom.

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Dogs have nearly caught cats as the most popular pet in the United Kingdom

However, the dogs are now making a run at number one in the UK. Cats potentially soon displacing cats for the first time since 1994, according to the Pet Food Manufacturer's Association (PFMA). According to their most recent survey, there are now 8.6 million cats and 8.3 million dogs. Nearly half the households in the U.K. have at least one pet.

For dogs, according to stats dating back to 2008, here's the breakdown: 75% pedigree, 11% cross breeds and 14% mixed breeds. There are 209 breeds of dog recognised by the Kennel Club. For cats, 92% are moggies (domestic short-hair, mixed breeds). 

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Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog in the United Kingdom, and in America

As of 2008 - here are the top 10 dog breeds in the UK

1) Labrador Retriever

2) Border Collie

3) Jack Russell Terrier


Labradoodle, very popular in the U.K (and in the U.S.)., and for whatever reason is considered a breed there.

4) Yorkshire Terrier

5) German Shepard

6) Bichon Frise

7) Rottweiler/ Dalmatian (tie)

8) Cocker Spaniel/ Shitzu

9) Labradoodle/ Golden Retriever (tie)

10) Geryhound (incorporating Whippets) and Chihuahua (tie)

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