Latest figures from The Kennel Club show brachycephalic breeds now occupy three of the UK’s top six pedigree registration positions – and the number of French bulldogs registered has surged almost tenfold in six years.

The number of French bulldogs registered with The Kennel Club has surged almost tenfold in six years.

While Labrador retrievers continue to be the nation’s most popular dog – with 33,856 registrations – French bulldog registrations rose from 14,607 puppies in 2015 to 21,470 in 2016, meaning they’re now only marginally behind the second most popular breed, cocker spaniels.

Top three

Brachycephalic breeds now occupy three of the top six places – pugs (10,408) have overtaken English springer spaniels (9,827) into fourth place, and bulldogs (7,785) are ahead of German shepherd dogs (7,751) by going into sixth position.

Golden retrievers (7,232) remain in eighth place, while miniature schnauzers (5,437) move into ninth at the expense of border terriers (5,150).

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