As the world's largest purebred dog registry, the American Kennel Club (AKC) uses its registration statistics to rank last year's most popular breeds. This marks the end of the 31-year reign of the Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog breed in the United States. Each year, the AKC releases its ranking of the most popular dog breeds based on voluntary records from dog owners. For the first time in 31 years, the United States has a new favorite dog breed: the French Bulldog. To rank the most popular dog breeds, the American Kennel Club used statistics based on approximately 716,500 voluntary records from dog owners. The classifications do not include mixed breeds or popular designer hybrids, such as Labradoodles, as the AKC recognizes only 200 dog breeds.
French Bulldogs are favorites of celebrities, such as Reese Witherspoon and Megan Thee Stallion. And while their popularity continues to grow, it is essential to do research before committing to one. The Labrador Retriever was second on the list. This breed is widely known as a companion dog and can be trained as a guide or assistance dog. The third place was taken by Golden Retrievers.
According to the AKC, they are an ideal breed to guide the blind and enjoy obedience and other competitive events. Flat-faced breeds, which include the English Bulldog and Pug, are particularly prone to health problems due to their narrow nostrils and smaller airways. French Bulldogs are no exception; they are prone to certain health problems, including those affecting their breathing capacity. This has led some veterinarians to warn against buying these types of dogs, which have been bred to exhibit such characteristics. Whether you prefer large breeds, dogs that look like puppies at any age, or something in between, many people have a favorite type of dog. According to the American Kennel Club's annual list of the most popular dog breeds, the French Bulldog takes the prize.
This news marks the end of the 31-year reign of the Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog breed in the United States. But it is a dethronement that was foreshadowed: records indicate that French Bulldogs have been climbing positions in popularity for over 10 years.