Every year, the American Kennel Club puts out a list of the most popular dog breeds. The AKC uses registration statistics to rank the breeds. It’s always for the previous year, so for 2022, it seems there’s a new most popular dog breed.
As someone who has owned a Labrador Retriever, I always agreed with the AKC’s rankings. The Labrador Retriever has been the reigning dog breed for 31 years! And for good reason. They are amazing family dogs, super smart, loyal, and just all over great dogs. So, I was surprised to see there’s a new dog breed taking the crown this year.
Most Popular Dog Breed – French Bulldog
It’s actually the first time in history that the French Bulldog has claimed the number one spot. Over the years, French Bulldogs have been gaining popularity. Back in 2012, the breed was ranked at number 14. So you can see just how much ground they’ve gained in 10 years’ time. In 2021, French Bulldogs held the number 2 spot on the AKC’s list.
It’s still hard for me to believe the Labrador Retriever has been bumped out of the top spot. But according to the AKC, French Bulldogs are a “smart, compact breed, and they can fit into various different lifestyles, perfect for people all across the country.” They are apparently great for everything from single owners to families, and have a “charming and adaptable nature.”
French Bulldogs are smaller breed, and tend to be pretty quiet, which is a great fit for those living in small homes or apartments.
Don’t get me wrong, I love all dogs. And the French Bulldogs are incredibly cute! But I honestly think the Labrador Retriever will always hold the number one spot in my heart. My first fur baby was a Black Lab, so I might be a little biased.