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French bulldog set to become Britain's most popular dog

Tuesday February 14th 2017

The French bulldog could soon knock the Labrador off the top spot as the UK's favourite breed, new figures show.

Labrador retrievers have been Britain's top choice for the past 27 years, according to Kennel Club registrations. But it says a surge in French bulldog registrations is putting the breed in line to become number one in the next 12 months.

According to the club, there were 21,470 registrations of the toy breed in 2016, up from 14,607 the previous year.

At these rates, the French bulldog - a much-loved choice among celebrities such as the Beckhams and Lady Gaga - will overtake Labrador registrations by 2018.

However the Kennel Club is concerned that demand for "Frenchies" is due to them being "on trend", and the welfare of the small pooch is not being considered when adopting one as a pet.

Kennel Club secretary, Caroline Kisko, says the rise in demand could lead to a surge in "unscrupulous breeders" who are looking to capitalise on the opportunity to make a quick buck, without considering the care and welfare of the dog.

She said: "While the French bulldog is a lovely breed, it is very unwise for anyone to buy one simply because they think it looks cute or is a fashionable choice.

"Anyone doing so could inadvertently be contributing to an impending welfare crisis."

Copyright Press Association 2017