A New Most Popular Purebred Dog

The gentle and uber-cute French bulldog has claimed the title of most popular dog in the United States, ending the Labrador retriever’s 31-year reign as king of the purebreds in the American Kennel Club’s 2022 rankings.

With its flat face, doe eyes and bat ears, the Frenchie has steadily climbed the rankings for the last decade, hitting the No. 2 spot the previous year, according to the club, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the country. The Frenchie held the No. 14 spot in the 2012 ranking. Since then, registrations have climbed tenfold.

The breed’s rising popularity – and price tag – has led to a surge in French bulldog thefts in recent years, according to the club. In an incident that made national headlines in 2021, two Frenchies owned by Lady Gaga were stolen in an altercation in Los Angeles that left the singer’s dog walker with a gunshot wound.

The former top dog, the even-tempered Labrador retriever, still has plenty of fans, as it slipped a notch to the No. 2 spot, ahead of No. 3, the Golden retriever and No. 4, the German shepherd. Pulling up the rear at No. 199 is the English foxhound.


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