The French bulldog has risen to the top of the list of most popular dog breeds in the United States.

The American Kennel Club reports a new preferred dog breed for the first time in 30 years. 

The strong, push-faced, perky-eared, world-weary-looking, and notably droll French bulldog won the nation's most popular purebred dog last year, the group revealed Wednesday.  

Frenchies surpassed Labrador retrievers after 31 years.  

“They’re comical, friendly, loving little dogs,” says French Bull Dog Club of America spokesperson Patty Sosa.  

The Frenchie's rapid rise—it wasn't in the top 75 a quarter-century ago—worries lovers and critics.  

Last month's deadly shooting of a 76-year-old South Carolina breeder and the 2021 shooting of a California dog walker who was stealing Lady Gaga's canines were bulldog thefts.  

Demand and the premium some purchasers pay for “exotic” coat colors and textures may encourage quick-buck breeders and sick dogs.  

The breed's popularity is raising questions about whether breeding dogs with breathing, spinal, eye, and skin issues is healthy.  

The BVA advises against buying Frenchies and other flat-faced breeds. 

Following the Labrador retriever, the AKC top five contains German shepherds, golden retrievers, French bulldogs, and bulldogs.  

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