9 Classic Dog Breeds That Are More British Than Most Brits

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

November 11, 2014

With over fifty dog breeds originating from the United Kingdom, it’s only right that we Brits love our pups as much as we do. Dogs are as much a part of our heritage as… high tea. And Shakespeare. Below are a handful of breeds that could probably out-Brit the Queen herself.

1. Bulldog

You wouldn’t think it from their small stocky appearance but Bulldogs were originally used to drive cattle to market. They are a British institution and even have a schoolyard game named after them! They may not be everyone’s cup of tea but these wrinkly cuties are loveable, loyal and have one of the most gentle dispositions you can find.

Bonus fact: English bulldogs often have to be delivered via c-section.

Bull Dog

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2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Named after King Charles II, they were originally companions to those in British high society but since then have become popular world over (remember when Charlotte on Sex in the City adopted a CKCS and named it Elizabeth Taylor?). They also make perfect therapy dogs due to their sweet, gentle natures, and for the same reason are great with kids!

Bonus fact: Even though they are spaniels, kennel clubs classify cavaliers as toy dogs.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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3. West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland Terrier as the name would suggest originates from Scotland and is more commonly know as the “Westie.”  These bouncy little pups make the perfect partner in crime and travel very well. Due to there brilliant white coat and PAWdorable faces this breed is associated with many a brand including: the dog food Cesar, Black and White Whisky, and even Harrods.

Bonus fact: The West Highland White terrier used to go by a different name: the Poltalloch Terrier.

West Highland White terrier

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4. English Foxhound

These hounds, predominately used in packs for hunting foxes, are stubborn but very loyal. They require a huge amount of exercise but are happy to curl up by the open fire after a long day walking the fells. They thrive in homes with other dogs due to their pack mentality.

Bonus fact: The first English Foxhound to be registered was a dog named “Auditor.”

English Foxhound

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5. Old English Sheepdog

Originally a working English dog the Old English Sheepdog was used for herding sheep and cattle into major city markets. This big fluffy dog breed have long coats and their extreme playful nature makes them seem like a goofy big brother. They also earned the nickname “bobtail” due to their docked tails.

Bonus fact: The movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang features an Old English Sheepdog named Edison.

Old English Sheepdog

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6. Airedale Terrier

Originating from Airedale in Yorkshire these “Kings of Terriers” make for the perfect police dog and are used for just that in Germany and England. They are even used by Buckingham palace as guard dogs. Don’t be fooled by their tough exterior though – these dogs also have a sweet side.

Bonus fact: John Wayne had a Airedale named “Duke.”

Airedale Terrier

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7. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Descended from fighting dogs these dogs, like Pitbulls, have some negative connotations but, fear not, they are one of the most loving and affectionate breeds cut from British cloth. They are particularly fond of children but do need a firm hand as their muscular body make them a strong little dog!

Bonus fact: Staffordshire Bull Terrier used to have the nickname “nanny dog” because of their love of children.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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8. Beagle

Basically a miniature Fox Hound, Beagles hunted smaller game such as rabbits. Beagles were probably made most famous by the beloved TV dog Snoopy. These amazingly sweet natured dogs make the perfect family pet, they are easy to care for and will be your best friend for life!

Bonus fact: All purebred beagles have white-tipped tails.


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9. Welsh Corgi

How could we not mention the English rose of dogs, the Corgi. These small house dogs are the chosen dog of the Queen, she has kept them since she was given one as a gift on her 18th birthday. They are bold and friendly little dogs and the Pembroke variety is often born without a tail.

Bonus fact: Corgi is Welsh for “dwarf dog.”

Welsh Corgi

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What are your favourite British breeds?

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Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

November 11, 2014

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