French bulldogs remains top ranking breed in US, according to American Kennel Club

french bulldog. Dog owners in the United States. C’est l’amour.

The Frenchie remained the most registered purebred dog in the United States last year, according to American Kennel Club rankings released Wednesday. The club calls the French the most popular breed, but supporters of other breeds may differ.

Is it a coup worth celebrating? “I disagree,” says a longtime fan who regrets what popularity is doing to the breed. Nevertheless, after taking the top spot over the Labrador retriever in 2022, Omori Mimi’s miniature bulldog has held on to its new position. The ranking reflects the addition of puppies and other dogs to America’s oldest dog registry last year.

Meanwhile, dachshunds have reached their peak in nearly 20 years, Cane Corsos are on the move, and new breeds are joining the ranks.

Of course, purebreds are only a subset of dogs in the United States, and animal shelters faced an influx of dogs of all kinds last year. This is a snapshot.

French Bulldog Overtakes Labrador Retriever as New Popular Dog Breed in the United States

top 10

After the French, the most common dog breeds registered were Labs, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Poodles. This was followed by a dachshund, bulldog, beagle, rottweiler, and German shorthaired pointer.

All were in the top 10 in 2022 as well. Ten years ago, Yorkshire Terriers and Boxers were in this group. Going back half a century, the third most popular dog breed was the Irish Setter, and currently he ranks 76th.

Dog preferences are changing for a variety of reasons, from media exposure (social and other) to changing lifestyles as more Americans move to cities.

Statistics have their limits. Registration is voluntary, the AKC publishes few raw numbers, and its popularity rankings measure only about 200 breeds recognized by the club. This does not include doodles, other intentional mongrels, or routinely bred dogs, although they can be registered as “All American Dogs” for sports such as agility and obedience.

french fatigue

Approximately 98,500 French bulldogs joined the AKC herd last year, and by 2022 there will be a whopping 108,000.

Small, well-built, push-faced dogs tend to have a comical, pensive expression, and are often unfazed by city life. “They’re interesting little creatures,” says Nanice Butch, who has kept and shown them for decades.

The breed is currently a lightning rod for canine controversy and cultural criticism.

The tip of the nose becomes short, which can cause breathing difficulties, nausea, difficulty moving, and other illnesses. Concerns led the Netherlands to ban the breeding of certain dogs whose muzzles were considered too short. Pet store robberies and violent robberies are occurring, and at least one of them is deadly. The number of French people with unusual coat colors and textures is increasing rapidly, and the French are fighting over long-standing standards.

And there are concerns among longtime insiders that the hot market for puppies is motivating those in it for greed rather than breed.

Winston, a French bulldog, competes in the non-sporting team competition at the 147th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The French bulldog remained the most registered purebred dog in the United States last year, according to the latest American Kennel Club rankings. (AP Photo/Mary Altafer, File)

For Butch, “this is a very scary time.”

As a “conservative breeder” who follows AKC standards and conducts a series of internationally recommended health tests on her dogs before breeding, she believes breeders who do not do the same will be subject to a crackdown on everyone. I’m worried that it might be connected. And as the founder of Nevada French Bulldog Rescue, she also sees “all the dark side of promiscuous breeding.”

Butch, who lives near Reno, says, “Every time I adopt a Frenchie that’s in bad condition, I get angry.” “But at the same time, I don’t want to be punished for trying to do the right thing.”

dachshund redux

Among other dog breeds, the unmistakably short dachshund ranks sixth, its highest ranking since 2004. From the 1950s to the 1970s, this breed was sometimes ranked his third.

Many people love it for its combination of perky loveliness, small size, and strong will, which was originally bred to drive out badgers. It also has a full-sized bark and tends to be stubborn.

“Even though they’re small, people have to remember that they’re hunting dogs,” said Carol Krivanich of Milton, Delaware. Her nearly 15-year-old dachshund, Mo, is an agility and show champion. She has owned Rottweilers for many years and finds dachshunds to be “very versatile” and good companions.

Proceed to the puppy course

The Cane Corso (pronounced CAH’-neh COOR’-soh) currently ranks 16th in the rankings, which is notable for a breed that the AKC first started tracking in 2010 (perhaps because its owner was a member of NBA greats It probably helped that they included numbers like LeBron James (Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes).

Dogs are praised for being protective, trainable, and well attached to people. But this strong breed is “not suitable for people who don’t know how to control their dogs,” said AKC spokeswoman Brandi Hunter Munden.

Who is new?

Bracco Italiano debuted at number 152 in popularity. But the birds that hunt large, long-eared birds are not entirely inconspicuous. Country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill shared their Bracchi Italiani (that’s the correct plural) antics on social media. Bracco, co-owned by McGraw, won the first round of “Best Breed” at last year’s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.


Who are the few people?

Suragi was the rarest of last year’s registrations. The Arabian Greyhound, also known as Fleet, is a somewhat shy dog ​​in 2016 when he joined the AKC herd.

gimme shelter

Dogs ranging from Affenpinschers to Xoloitzquintris were bred last year, but U.S. animal shelters were already overflowing with dogs and cats. Shelters and rescue organizations have adopted out about 3.2 million dogs, and 2.2 million dogs have been adopted out, according to Shelter Animals Count, a nonprofit organization that collects shelter data.

“We need new efforts to make adoption a priority for our communities,” said Stephanie Filer, the group’s executive director. She points out that shelters offer a variety of dogs, including specific breeds.

AKC spokesperson Hunter Munden has two rescue dogs and a purebred dog.

“Rescue is a wonderful thing,” she said. “But we understand that when it comes to owning a dog, people want certain characteristics to suit their lifestyle, and that’s where purebred dogs come in.”