The French bulldog has just been named the most popular dog breed in the U.S. due to its compact frame, bat-like ears, smushed face, and a wide smile.
On Wednesday, the American Kennel Club announced the wrinkly-faced dog as the top breed in 2022, surpassing the Labrador retriever, which had held the No. 1 spot for a whopping 31 years.
“They’re comical, friendly, and loving little dogs,” French Bulldog Club of America spokesperson Patty Sosa said.
Firstly, the pint-sized French bulldog was recognized in 1898 and has a “charming and adaptable nature” and “generally quiet demeanor,”.
They are the most demanded breed among families, especially people living alone in both large and small homes.
Despite their popularity, French bulldogs can have a raft of health problems.
They are among several breeds known as “brachycephalic dogs,” which means their skulls and snouts make them prone to problems like respiratory, eye, skin, and spinal.
The Netherlands revealed in 2019 that it would enforce a ban on the breeding of short-muzzled dogs. In Norway, the breeding of bulldogs was banned until it was overturned by a judge last year. In 2017, the president of the British Veterinary Association said individuals should not buy brachycephalic dogs.
Still, the dogs originated in England and were later suited as companions in the late 19th century. Now, French bulldogs are among the top breeds preferred by celebrities, and they are also the most trending pooches on social media in recent years.