Sacré bleu, the French are coming!
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