In 2020, for the thirtieth time in a row, the most popular dog breed in the US was the Labrador Retriever. The French bulldog moved up to the second place, ahead of the German shepherd. Compared to 2019, the number of dog registrations increased by 20 percent last year.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) released Wednesday's ranking of the most popular dog breeds in the US for the past year. At the forefront, no surprise - the Labrador Retriever, which has been the reigning supreme American of the United States for thirty years. The change took place in second place, from which the German shepherd was knocked down by the French bulldog.
The latter breed has been rapidly gaining popularity in recent years. "He's a fun, intelligent, adaptable, low-maintenance and good companion," praises AKC spokesman Brandi Hunter, praising bulldogs.
At the same time, caring for these dogs is challenging. French Bulldogs are prone to obesity and respiratory problems and cannot swim. They don't do well in hot or humid weather.
In 2020, more than 98,300 Americans registered a Labrador Retriever. At the top of the popularity list, this breed is unchallenged - French Bulldogs were registered in the USA over 30,000. times less (about 66.5 thousand).
In 2020, the AKC saw a 20% increase in dog registrations in the US. compared to 2019. For many Americans, adopting a quadruped was an attempt to improve well-being in a pandemic. The phenomenon was so common that some American shelters even ran out of dogs to take home. (PAP)