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Canadian Kennel Club Announces Canada’s Top 10 Most Popular Dogs

French Bulldog Fastest-Rising Breed in CKC Top 10

The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), the primary registry for purebred dogs in Canada, reveals the most popular CKC-registered dog breeds in Canada for 2015.FrenchBulldog_YP2.jpg

After entering the CKC’s top ten last year for the first time in CKC history, the lovable French Bulldog muscles its way into the number nine spot, unseating the family-friendly Bulldog – which has held its own in the top ten since 2009.

The Frenchie remains one of the fastest-growing breeds to make the CKC top ten list – at an increase of 14 per cent over the previous year and has moved up from 67th place in 2005. This diminutive breed is perfect for urban living spaces, makes an excellent companion for all ages and has minimal grooming needs.

As CKC member and French Bulldog breeder Yvonne Poiré likes to say, “Frenchies are like potato chips, you can't just have one!" Poire knows first-hand about the demand for this breed and strongly recommends to those looking for a French Bulldog that they really research the breed.

Havanese_CD2.jpgMoving up the ranks to number six from number eight in 2014 is the lively and affectionate Havanese. This outgoing breed made its first debut in the top ten in 2012 and has remained a strong contender ever since.

“You can never underestimate the small but mighty breeds,” said CKC Communications Manager, Andrew Patton. “Will they unseat the heavy competition at the top of the list next year? We’ll have to wait and see.”

Despite the draw of the smaller breeds, the larger breeds continue to hold firm in the top spots, with our Canadian indigenous breed, the Labrador Retriever leading the pack once again as the most popular breed in Canada, followed by the intelligent and talented German Shepherd Dog, the family-friendly Golden Retriever and the versatile and elegant Poodle.

The complete 2015 CKC top ten list is as follows:                                                      
  1. Labrador Retriever                                                      
  2. German Shepherd Dog                  
  3. Golden Retriever                                          
  4. Poodle                                                                                               
  5. Shetland Sheepdog                         
  6. Havanese                                             
  7. Bernese Mountain Dog                          
  8. Yorkshire Terrier                                                    
  9. French Bulldog                                                           
  10. Bulldog                                                                      
For information and support in helping you find a dog that best suits your needs and lifestyle, visit To find your new best friend, be sure to check out available purebred puppies from CKC member breeders at

Photo credits: French Bulldog photo courtesy of Yvonne Poiré, Full of Bull Bulldogs. Havanese photo courtesy of Nathan Potechin.

About The Canadian Kennel Club
The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. As a non-profit organization, the CKC is dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada and promoting the knowledge and understanding of the benefits which dogs can bring to Canadian society.
The club includes almost 20,000 individual members and over 700 breed clubs across Canada.  The Club registers purebred dogs, regulates dog shows and performance events, and speaks out on major issues concerning dog ownership and the health and welfare of dogs across Canada.

For more information, visit
Media Contact:
Andrew Patton
Manager, Communications
The Canadian Kennel Club

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