American Kennel Club

Labs still the favorite dog in U.S., but French bulldogs surge in popularity

Labs still the favorite dog in U.S., but French bulldogs surge in popularity

Americans still love Labrador retrievers, but the nation's flirtation with French bulldogs has reached new heights.

Labs remain the country's most popular purebred dog for a 27th year, while German shepherds and golden retrievers have hung onto the second and third spots in new American Kennel Club rankings released Wednesday.

But Frenchies hit a highest-ever No. 4, and German shorthaired pointers cracked the top 10 for the first time.

The rest of the top 10

The bulldog is fifth, after notching a record No. 4 ranking last year. Sixth through 10th are the beagle, the poodle, the Rottweiler, the Yorkshire terrier and the German shorthaired...

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