The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in the U.K. reports that the French Bulldog is expected to become the most registered dog in 2017, overtaking the Labrador Retrievers’ 27-year reign.
Kennel Club figures reveal registrations for the breed in the UK increased by 47 per cent from 14,607 in 2015 to 21,470 in 2016 - up from just 670 in 2007.
The British Veterinary Association warns that the French bulldog craze is producing seriously ill puppies:
The celebrity craze for French bulldogs is helping fuel the dangerous overbreeding of one of the country’s favourite canines, resulting in agonising deformities and birth defects, Britain’s leading veterinary experts warn.
Rather than being “cute and wrinkly”, experts claim that intensively bred "Frenchies" struggle to breathe due to their exaggerated features - with even short bouts of exercise triggering serious respiratory problems.
Bottom line: There is nothing cute about a lifetime of respiratory distress. Think before you fuel a market in misery, deformity, disease, and dysfunction. Dogs deserve better.