Step aside Labradors, the UK has crowned it’s new favourite dog – the French Bulldog!
New figures from The Kennel Club suggest that Frenchies have taken over Labradors as the most popular UK dog breed for the first time in 28 years. In the first three months of 2018, there were 8,403 Frenchies registered, as opposed to just 7,409 Labradors.
French Bulldogs originated in France in the 1850s, and the majority of UK based Frenchies at that time were the product of crossing English Bulldogs with local Terriers.
The Kennel Club recognises three types of colouring – fawn, brindle and pied – whilst the coveted blue/grey colouring is the product of a recessive gene inherited from both parents, and is commonly regarded to be unethical.
The popularity of Frenchies has soared in recent years, largely due to their popularity amongst celebrities and increasing social media presence. Celebrities such as Holly Willoughby, TOWIE’s Pete Wicks, and even Madonna have come out as Frenchie lovers – and we can see why!
In honour of the French Bulldog’s newfound title, here are some of our favourite Frenchies on Instagram:
One of Instagram’s up-and-coming stars, it’s easy to see why people are flocking to follow Benny the Frenchie’s adventures. Owned by a celebrity agent, Benny gets up to a whole host of mischief, and it looks like he loves his A-list lifestyle! Whether he’s grabbing headlines in national newspapers, or spending the weekend down the pub with Frank and Christine Lampard, we just cant get enough of Benny!
Blue is one of Instagram’s most popular Frenchies – and he’s totally one of our favourites too! Not only is he completely adorable and has an amazing wardrobe of outfits, he also holds food in his paws while he eats. We’re not kidding – he’s even mastered chopsticks! The dog’s more advanced than us, and we don’t know how to feel about that tbh…
Arguably the world’s most famous Frenchie, we couldn’t do a list of Instagram Frenchies without including Manny. Not only is he totally great and gets up to all sorts of antics, he’s also a brand in his own right. Author, entrepreneur, and fashionista, Manny has his own online store of personalised merchandise, and has raised over $150,000 for charity. Basically, Manny is the King of Frenchies!
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