French Bulldogs have undergone a meteoric rise that has seen them become America’s second most popular dog breed. In 1991, when Labrador Retrievers first took the top position, the French Bulldog was nowhere near the top of the list, claiming a distant 82nd position. Their popularity started growing in the late 90’s, and by 2017, the Frenchie had risen to number 4.
This meteoric rise in the popularity of the French Bulldog can be attributed to celebrity owners and pop culture. Some celebrities who own French Bulldogs include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Lady Gaga, 2 Chainz, Ashley Olson, Ashlee Simpson, John Legend, Hillary Duff, David Beckham, Eva Longoria, and so many others.
Frenchies have also been featured in some popular movies, including Bringing Down The House, Due Date, What Happens Next, Slightly Single In LA, Grace Stirs Up Success, and Titanic, the ever-so-popular classic movie by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Despite its popularity, the French Bulldog can be prone to a myriad of health issues, including breathing problems, overheating, and joint problems. That said, it seems the people love Frenchies as they are, and we can only wait to see if they’ll take over from Labrador Retrievers as America’s most popular dog breed one day.