For the first time in 31 years, the United States has a new favorite dog breed.
The American Kennel Club has released its registration statistics for 2022 and found that after being the most popular dog breed for three decades, the Labrador Retriever has been surpassed by the French Bulldog.
According to a Press release, the French Bulldog has grown in popularity over the past 10 years. In 2012, the breed was the 14th most popular and jumped to no. 2 in the 2021 rankings. Entries have also increased by more than 1,000% from 2012 to 2022.
To rank the most popular dog breeds, the American Kennel Club used statistics based on approximately 716,500 voluntary dog owner registrations.
The ranking does not include mixed breeds or popular “designer” hybrids, such as Labradoodles, since the American Kennel Club only recognizes 200 dog breeds.
Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the United States
- french bulldogs
- Labrador Retrievers
- Golden retriever
- german shepherd dogs
- German Shorthaired Pointers
French bulldogs are favorites with celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon and Megan Thee Stallion.
And while the breed continues to grow in popularity, the American Kennel Club says it’s essential to do your research before committing to it.
According to a 2021 study published in Canine medicine and geneticsFrench Bulldogs are more likely to be diagnosed with 20 common disorders compared to other breeds, such as heat stroke and respiratory problems, due to their flat face.
The Labrador Retriever ranked second on the list. The longtime American favorite is widely known as a companion dog and can be trained as a guide or assistance dog.
The dog breed that completed the top three was Golden Retrievers. According to the American Kennel Club, this is an excellent breed for guiding the blind and enjoys obedience and other competitions.
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