Step aside Labrador Betriever, a new top dog has taken the lead! The dog breed lost its crown after 31 years as America’s most popular dog, according to the American Kennel Club.
Dethronement comes after three decades, with US favorite now ‘playful’ and ‘adaptable’ Frenchman bulldog.
The robust and funny face animal has become one many have come to love, as the club announced its winner on Wednesday.
“The French Bulldog has seen a surge in popularity over the years, and for good reason,” said club executive secretary Gina DiNardo.
For many, it might come as a surprise that the Labrador retriever held the lead for so long, but the French bulldog was slowly making his way to the top spot.
The club said the French have risen from 14th place in 2012 to number 1 in 2022, adding that registrations for the adorable new pets have increased by “over 1,000%” in that period.
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“The French are playful, adaptable, loyal and outgoing.
“They make wonderful companions for a variety of people, but it’s extremely important to do your research to not only find the right breed for your lifestyle, but also to ensure you’re getting a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder,” she said the lady DiNardo added.
According to the club, other breeds also moving up the ladder include the American hairless terrier, Gordon setter, Italian greyhound and Anatolian shepherd.
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Although the bright-eared breed has knocked the Labrador Retriever off its perch, there have been instances where these Frenchies have been met with a lot of criticism and concern.
In 2017, the British Veterinary Association issued a statement saying it “strongly recommends prospective owners not to purchase brachycephalic breeds; instead we encourage prospective owners to speak to their local vet before buying a dog to better understand which one might be the best breed for them, learn more about responsible ownership and how to better understand a dog’s needs.”
Brachycephalic dogs are flat-faced breeds like pugs, bulldogs, and French bulldogs. These dogs may have a short skull shape, giving them a flat appearance, says the British Veterinary Association.
Other animals can also be affected by brachycephaly; these species include dogs, cats, and rabbits, among many others.
Many health defects result from brachycephaly, such as breathing difficulties, eye disease, natural childbirth, skin infections, and dental problems.
According to VioVet, a pet supply company, the French bulldog’s weakness is optical impairment and cherry eye; however, the animal is known to have a steady and easy temper.
The website also states that the Frenchman displays “loyalty and devotion to his master and his family, acting fearlessly to safeguard his loved ones in the event of a perceived threat.”