American Kennel Club Announces New Top Dog: Meet the French Bulldog [Video]
Here’s the scoop!
- The French bulldog has taken over as the most popular dog breed in the US, according to the American Kennel Club, dethroning the Labrador retriever after 31 years.
- The Frenchies had climbed from 14th place in 2012 to No. 1 in 2022, with registrations increasing by over 1,000% in that period.
- The breed is known for its adaptability, loyalty, and outgoing nature, but has faced criticism and health concerns due to its flat-faced, brachycephalic features.
After 31 years as America’s most beloved dog breed, the Labrador retriever has been dethroned by a new top dog: the French bulldog. According to the American Kennel Club, the Frenchies have seen a surge in popularity over the years, climbing from 14th place in 2012 to No. 1 in 2022.
Registrations for the breed have increased by over 1,000% in that period, with many people drawn to their playful, adaptable, loyal, and outgoing nature.
However, the rise of the French bulldog has also raised concerns over the breed’s health due to their flat-faced, brachycephalic features. The British Veterinary Association has cautioned against buying brachycephalic breeds, including Frenchies, due to health defects such as breathing difficulties, eye disease, natural birth, skin infections, and dental issues.
Despite this, the breed is known for its steady and easy temperament, loyalty, and devotion towards its owners and family, and fearlessness in protecting its loved ones from perceived threats.
March 28, 2023 at 2:02 am
They have all those inbred health problems before you even get to know them or train them, and then they are one of the butt-ugliest breeds of all time, and are so small they are totally useless as a real dog. I wouldn’t own one if YOU paid ME to own it. NOT worth the trouble, not worth the money to buy them or to keep them or for their medical issues.