Sacré bleu, the French are com­ing!

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THE lat­est Ken­nel Club (KC) fig­ures show that the French bull­dog is set to over­take the labrador as Bri­tain’s most pop­u­lar dog.

Rarely seen in this coun­try as lit­tle as a decade ago, but now hugely pop­u­lar thanks to ado­ra­tion from a grow­ing num­ber of celebri­ties, Frenchie reg­is­tra­tions have in­creased by 47% from 14,607 in 2015 to 21,470 in 2016—up from 670 in 2007. The KC pre­dicts an­other 7,000 this year, which means that, by 2018, the trusty labrador could be knocked off the top spot—which it took from the York­shire ter­rier in 1990—for the first time in 27 years.

How­ever, the KC is urg­ing would-be own­ers to con­sider their choice care­fully. ‘It is very un­wise to buy one sim­ply be­cause it’s a fash­ion­able choice,’ says KC sec­re­tary Caro­line Kisko, who also re­minds buy­ers how cru­cial it is that they go to a re­spon­si­ble, Kc-as­sured breeder.

‘Peo­ple need to do their home­work,’ adds Jackie Mavro-michaelis, sec­re­tary of the Pen­nine and Scot- tish French Bull­dog As­so­ci­a­tion. ‘French bull­dogs are com­pan­ion dogs and don’t take well to a soli­tary ex­is­tence. If own­ers need to leave them alone at home for hours on end, it’s not a good idea to get one.’

Top dog: French bull­dogs could take top spot in Ken­nel Club reg­is­tra­tions by 2018

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