America's most popular dog breed is the French Bulldog.

In a significant shift, the French Bulldog has overtaken the Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog breed in the United States after a three-decade-long dominance. 

Over the past ten years, the French Bulldog has experienced a remarkable surge 

jumping from the 14th position in 2012 to the second position in 2021. 

Registrations for French Bulldogs have witnessed an astounding increase of over 1,000% between 2012 and 2022. 

These rankings are based on voluntary registrations from dog owners, specifically recognizing 200 official dog breeds while excluding mixed breeds and some designer hybrids. 

The surge in popularity of French Bulldogs has been further fueled by their association with celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Megan Thee Stallion. 

Prospective owners of French Bulldogs should be cautious and well-informed about the breed's health risks, which include a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with conditions like heatstroke and respiratory issues due to their flat faces. 

Labrador Retrievers, now ranked second, are widely celebrated as versatile and trainable companion dogs, often serving as guide or assistance animals. 

Golden Retrievers, occupying the third position, are highly regarded for their suitability as guide dogs for individuals with visual impairments and their active participation in obedience and competitive events. 

It is crucial for individuals to conduct thorough research before selecting a specific breed, ensuring compatibility with their lifestyle, and meeting the needs of the chosen dog breed.