BREAKING NEWS in the dog world! For the first time in three decades, the Labrador Retriever is NOT America’s number one dog.
The numbers are in. So which breed has been named the American Kennel Club’s most popular dog breed of 2022?
As the world’s largest registry of purebred dogs, the AKC uses their registration statistics to rank the most popular breeds over the past year. For the first time in history, 2022 found the French Bulldog taking the number one spot. This ends the Labrador Retriever’s 31-year reign in the AKC registry, as the most popular dog breed in America.
The French Bulldog has moved into the number one position after steadily climbing the ranks in popularity over the last ten years, or so.
In 2012, the Frenchie (their ‘pet-name’) was ranked at No. 14. Since then, registrations have increased by over 1,000%, bringing this cute little, playful breed to the top. French Bulldogs were in the No. 2 spot in 2021.
Breaking the Lab’s top-dog status of over three decades is not a small feat.
The Frenchie is a very smart, and compact breed, that can fit into various different lifestyles. Which is what everyone would love in a dog. French Bulldogs were first recognized by the AKC in 1898.
People love Frenchie’s – families to single owners – for their charming and very adaptable nature. They have surged in popularity in cities across the country because their small size, and generally quiet demeanor, make them good fits for apartments and smaller homes.
The French Bulldog is number one for the first time, dethroning the Labrador Retriever, which had been number one for 31 straight years. Before that, it was the Cocker Spaniel.
Cocker Spaniels were extremely popular throughout the 1900’s. They were constantly a part of literature, and art. Of course we all remember “Lady And The Tramp,” which only made the popularity of Cocker Spaniels soar, at that time.
Congratulations to the French Bulldog! Remember though, any dog we bring into our family will be a part of our family for a long time. So make sure they are the right fit so you can love them for the rest of their life. And hopefully, you are going to a local rescue before all else!
Here are the current top ten dog breeds