Look Out, Labs: French Bulldogs Are Now the Second Most Popular Dog in the U.S.

Could the French Bulldog become America’s favorite purebred pooch? After riding a rocket ship to popularity over the last quarter century, French Bulldogs came in second only to Labrador Retrievers — the leaders for 30 straight years — in the American Kennel Club’s latest rankings. Stocky and smush-faced, French Bulldogs have their charm, but also their limitations. They’re not the type of dog to go hiking with you, but if you want a dog that’s going to snuggle up with you, be cute, be adaptable, and require minimal grooming, it’s the breed for you. After Labrador Retrievers and French Bulldogs, the top 10 breeds include German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Beagles, Rottweilers and German Short-haired Pointers. This year, Dachshunds made the top 10 for the first time since 2013. Just beware, if you’re thinking of buying a French Bulldog, they don’t come cheap. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 up to $10,000, depending on breeding history.