The votes have been counted and the results are in; Staffordshire Bull Terriers are officially Britain’s favourite dog.
After a sad background which sees many people associate the dogs with aggressive behaviour, Staffies are finally being shown in a positive new light.
A poll of 10,000 people took place for the show Britain’s Favourite Dogs yesterday (January 29), and dog-loving viewers everywhere watched as the country’s 217 recognised dog breeds where whittled down to a top 100.
The show lasted a lengthy two and a half hours, but that’s understandable considering what was at stake. It must have been heartbreaking for those in charge to have to let the ‘less-favoured’ puppers down.
With that in mind, I’d just like to send a quick message to whichever dogs didn’t make the top 100; I still love you.
I don’t think I could ever choose my favourite dog breed. My choice changes every time I come across a new one that wags its tail at me.
The 2019 results saw last year’s winner, the Labrador, drop to third place, while the fluffy Cockapoo came in second behind Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
Staffies came in fourth place last year.
The top 10 favourite dogs also included Springer Spaniels, Cocker Spaniel, Boxers, Border Collies, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds.
Despite the unfortunate negative stereotype which is often assigned to Staffies, much of the nation seemed overjoyed to hear they’d taken the crown for Britain’s Favourite Dog.
With the help of their new title, hopefully the unfair portrayal of Staffies as aggressive dogs will soon be dispelled altogether.
One lovely dog seems extremely happy about the news:
Staffies voted Britain's favourite dog breed 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ZWprnvokmi
— cranhillbear98 (@Jamiek1998James) January 29, 2019
After hearing the results, one pleased Twitter user wrote:
Not surprised that Staffies are Britain’s favourite dog breed. Every staffy I’ve met has been an absolute delight.
While another dog-lover added:
So happy the staffy was voted Britain’s Number One Favourite Dog! This amazing breed is finally getting the recognition they deserve, and getting rid of the stigma they don’t deserve. I hope this will increase the number of staffies adopted from rescue centres!
A third tweeted:
Staffies are the nation’s most favourite dog! ‘Britain’s Top 100 Dogs’ was aired on @ITV last night and the lovable SBT stole the show taking 1st place. We think it’s about time this wonderful breed got the recognition they deserve
Not surprised that Staffies are Britain's favourite dog breed. Every staffy I've met has been an absolute delight.
— Gina Colada (@yung_jeana) January 29, 2019
So happy the staffy was voted Britain’s Number One Favourite Dog! This amazing breed is finally getting the recognition they deserve, and getting rid of the stigma they don’t deserve. I hope this will increase the number of staffies adopted from rescue centres! #AdoptDontShop
— sabrina (@SabrinaPottter) January 29, 2019
Staffies are the nation's most favourite dog! 'Britain's Top 100 Dogs' was aired on @ITV last night and the lovable SBT stole the show taking 1st place. We think it's about time this wonderful breed got the recognition they deserve. Sassy & Pepper are looking for #foreverhomes pic.twitter.com/FwnUwETnHW
— Raystede (@Raystede) January 30, 2019
Congratulations, Staffies! Let’s hope they get showered in the love they deserve for their win.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.