A huge number of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the last few years – Kennel Club figures show dog ownership has soared to record levels.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
Our lifestyle has a huge bearing on which type of dog will work best for us – if you have limited space you might want to look at small dogs, while the more elderly pet owner should place certain breeds at the top of their wishlist.
If you are looking to get involved in the competitive world of dogs shows, however, there are certain breeds that are tried and tested rosette winners.
Here are the 10 most successful breeds of all time at the world’s greatest dog show – Crufts.
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1. Irish Setter
Three breeds have won Crufts on four occasions since the competition was opened to all breeds in 1886 (for five years prior to this, the show was only for terriers). The first is the gorgeous Irish Setter with their eye-catching mahogany red coat. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. English Cocker Spaniel
If you want the best chance of winning Best in Show then history tells us the English Cocker Spaniels is your best shot. They have won the title on a remarkable seven occasions. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Standard Poodle
The second Crufts quadruple winner is the Standard Poodle - the largest of the three individual Poodle breeds. With their immaculately-groomed coats, Poodles are perhaps many people's idea of a perfect show dog. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. German Shepherd
A breed popular with the army and police, the German Shepherd also regularly catches the eye of show judges - they've been awarded Best in Show three times. Photo: Canva/Getty Images