Many of us have decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the past couple of years – Kennel Club figures show the number of dog owners has soared nearly 8% and demand for four-legged friends after confinement remains high.
There are 221 different purebred dog breeds to choose from, as well as plenty of crossbreeds, so there’s a lot of thought to go into before selecting the latest addition to your family.
Our lifestyle has a huge bearing on what type of dog is best for us – if you have limited space you might want to look at smaller dogs, while the owner of an older pet should place certain breeds at the top of his wish list.
Some breeds are sure to be a hit both at the park, where they will enjoy playing with other dogs, and at home, welcoming human friends and strangers alike.
Meanwhile, other dogs have a reputation for being shy, unsure of their fellow dogs, and timid around humans they don’t know well.
Here are the 10 most sociable and shy dog breeds according to the American Kennel Club.