The French Bulldog has overtaken the Labrador Retriever as the UK’s most popular breed.
According to statistics released by the Kennel Club, in the first quarter of 2018 there were 8,403 French Bulldog puppy registrations, compared to 7,409 for the Labrador, a 23 per cent increase on the French Bulldog’s 2017 figure in the same period.
This is the first time that the French Bulldog has topped Labrador registrations in any quarter, and, if the trend continues, the Kennel Club forecasts that the breed will be the most popular dog breed in the UK in 2018 by the end of this year.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, says: “We have never seen such a dramatic increase in breed popularity as we have with the French Bulldog. The problem is that rogue breeders are cashing in on this surging demand, which is why people should consider buying from a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder — particularly with this breed, which can suffer from serious health concerns.”
More information on how to buy a French Bulldog responsibly can be found at thekennelclub.org.uk/flatfaceddoghealth.