This week, COUNTRY LIFE takes on Crufts to find the top dogs in the categories that we really care about. Under the expert advice of distinguished vets, animal behaviourists and dog trainers, COUNTRY LIFE has produced its own list of outstanding breeds for real dog owners.

The winners include:

  • Most Loveable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Most Popular Labrador
  • Most Chic Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Least Socially Acceptable Bichon Frise
  • Most Deserving British Breed Otter Hound
  • Best for Children Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Labrador, Retriever
  • Most Practical Labrador, Pug

Following the recent story of Endal the Labrador – who learned how to insert a credit card into a chip-and-pin machine – it is no surprise that Labradors top the Most Intelligent category, alongside Border Collies, Afghan Hounds and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.