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French coup sees bulldog on way to top dog position

By Nina Massey

The French Bulldog, a breed favoured by celebrities, is set to overtake the Labrador as the UK's most popular dog.

The breed has seen an unprecedented rise in popularity in recent years, with registrations increasing 47% from 14,607 in 2015, to 21,470 in 2016, Kennel Club figures reveal.

It's thought the pointy-eared canine could top the rankings by 2018, the first time the Labrador Retriever will have been knocked off the spot for 27 years.

Since 2007, the number of Kennel Club registrations for French Bulldogs has increased from 670. The Labrador has been the most popular dog breed in the UK since 1990, the year it overtook the Yorkshire Terrier.

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