Last Updated on September 20, 2023 by Fumipets
French Bulldogs: America’s New Beloved Canine Companions
Bid Farewell to Labs: French Bulldogs Claim the Crown
In a surprising turn of events, the beloved Labrador Retriever has been dethroned as the reigning champion of dog breeds in the United States. After an uninterrupted 31-year reign, the Labrador Retriever has gracefully yielded its title to a smaller, yet irresistibly charming contender—the French Bulldog.
The Rise of the French Bulldog
The ascent of the French Bulldog to canine supremacy has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the past few decades, this endearing breed has steadily climbed the ranks of the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) popular dog breeds. Its journey began in 2012 when it claimed the 14th spot, and by 2021, it had firmly secured the second position, surpassing even the esteemed Golden Retrievers.
But what sets this breed apart and makes it a crowd favorite? It’s the undeniable charm of their bat-like ears and delightful wrinkled noses. French Bulldogs have not only captured the hearts of the general public but have also found a place in the affections of celebrities, counting Reese Witherspoon and Megan Thee Stallion among their fans.
Small Size, Big Appeal
One of the key reasons behind the French Bulldog’s meteoric rise to popularity is its petite size and gentle disposition, as acknowledged by the AKC. These dogs are not known for excessive barking and are content with less exercise compared to their larger counterparts. As a result, they make excellent companions for individuals living in apartments or cozier homes.
However, like many dog breeds, French Bulldogs are not without their health challenges, particularly those related to breathing. Flat-faced breeds, which include English Bulldogs and Pugs, are susceptible to respiratory issues due to their narrow nostrils and smaller airways. Some veterinarians caution against acquiring such breeds, as these characteristics have been selectively bred over time.
The AKC’s Top 10 Canine Contenders
While the French Bulldog claims the top spot, it’s worth exploring the other breeds that round out the AKC’s list of the top 10 most popular dogs in the US:
- French Bulldogs
- Labrador Retrievers
- Golden Retrievers
- German Shepherd Dogs
- German Shorthaired Pointers
As we celebrate the French Bulldog’s newfound glory, it’s a reminder of the enduring love and fascination that dogs bring into our lives. Their loyalty, companionship, and undeniable charm continue to make them cherished members of countless households across the nation.