The Labrador is soon to loose the top dog crown of Britain to The French Bulldog
The French Bulldog, a breed favoured by many celebrities, is set to top the most popular dog charts in 2018.
Its going to be the first time the Labrador Retriever has been knocked off the top spot for 27 years.
The breed has seen an massive rise in recent years, with Kennel Club registrations increasing by 47% from 14,607 in 2015, to 21,470 in 2016.
The total number of Kennel Club registrations for the French Bulldogs was only 670 during 2007.
The Labrador has held the most popular dog breed since 1990 when it knocked the Yorkshire Terrier of the top spot.
Cocker Spaniels will be the next to suffer the rise of The French Bulldog, with only 384 registrations keeping the Spaniel above The French Bulldog
However, this rapid increase in French Bulldog registrations is causing concern to the Kennel Club. They feel that the breed as gain popularity because its become a celebrity fashion symbol.
People are copying celebrities and buying French Bulldog puppies but not researching whether the dog will suit their lifestyle.
The French Bulldog: An impending welfare crisis?
Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club warned “While the French Bulldog is a lovely breed, it is very unwise for anyone to buy one simply because they think it looks cute or is a fashionable choice.
“Anyone doing so could inadvertently be contributing to an impending welfare crisis.
“While it’s normal to want to show off your dog, when celebrities do it, it usually results in a surge in the popularity of certain breeds, which is not a good thing as it opens the doors to unscrupulous breeders who see it as an opportunity to breed lots of them without due care to health and welfare.”
The UK’s largest dog welfare organisation is urging people to consider buying other similar breeds that may be better suited to their lifestyle and environment.
These include the Miniature Schnauzer, Beagle, Border Terrier and Welsh Terrier.
Details about The French Bulldog can be found here. Please do research on the breed before taking ownership of a new puppy.