Beloved and debated, French bulldog becomes top US dog breed

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NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in three decades, the American Kennel Club says the U.S. has a new favorite dog breed.

The club announced Wednesday that the French bulldog became the nation’s most prevalent purebred dog last year. Frenchies ousted Labrador retrievers from the top spot after a record 31 years. Owners describe the push-faced, perky-eared, droll little bulldogs as comical, friendly and loving companions. Yet their popularity worries fans and critics alike. Frenchies have been targeted in thefts, and there’s concern that demand is engendering quick-buck breeders and unhealthy dogs.

Besides Frenchies and Labs, the AKC’s other top 10 breeds are golden retrievers, German shepherds, poodles, bulldogs, Rottweilers, beagles, dachshunds and German shorthaired pointers.

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