Our dog has also become our faithful daily companion. It is clear that the French canine population is taking up more and more space. Today, dogs have indeed become a true member of the family in their own right. He never complains and stays by our side whatever the situation, at any time of the day, until the end of his life. It’s hard not to get attached to this intelligent being who occupies an important place in our beautiful little family. The French today are interested in purebred dogs. Indeed, note that in 2021, the Société Centrale Canine recorded more than 275,000 registrations for the LOF (or French Book of Origins).
Note that only dogs registered with the LOF are entitled to the designation “purebred dog”. Husky, Australian Shepherd, Beagle, Bulldog, Shiba-inu, Boxer, Cane Corso, Barbet, Pitbull, Dachshund, Rottweiler, Pekingese… the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) currently recognizes 347 dog breeds. Among this long list, do you know which is the favorite dog breed of the French this year 2022? Here is the answer…
Purebred dogs, what you need to know
Before getting to the heart of the matter, it is important to remember what a purebred dog is. It is a dog whose two parents are also purebred themselves. Generally, dog lovers are especially those who are sensitive to the pedigree (document attesting to the genealogy, origin of a domestic animal) of their faithful companions. This is why they prefer to turn to the choice of a canine companion of breed officially recognized by the authorities with authentic papers.
In recent years, a large number of French households have purchased pedigree dogs. Note for information that France is part of the world’s 3e country with the most pedigree dogs. If you too are considering buying a “purebred” dog, it is crucial that you ask yourself the right questions. There are a few rules you need to consider. A purebred dog without registration papers within 6 months of sale can never be a purebred dog later. It is also strictly forbidden to use the term “purebred” for a dog without registration papers.
The Australian Shepherd remains the favorite breed of the French in 2022
This year 2022, the Australian Shepherd remains unquestionably the favorite dog breed of the French.
Since 2018 until today, this breed remains number 1 in the classification of dogs established by the Société Centrale Canine (SCC) which manages the French Stud Book. As a reminder, it is a breed of sheepdog as its name suggests. Note that this breed originating from the American West (USA) has been registered under the name of Australian Shepherd by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.
The Australian Shepherd is a very affectionate, intelligent and agile dog. This breed fits perfectly into family life with its incredible ability to adapt to whatever environment it finds itself ine. What are its physical characteristics? He has a straight coat, sometimes slightly wavy. Tied high, his ears are both triangular and drooping. His eyes are almond-shaped, which can be blue, brown, or amber in color. What about its color? It can be blue “merle”, red “merle”, red or black, with or without tan markings or white spots.
To sum up, in first place in the ranking, we find the Australian Shepherd followed by the Golden Retriever. In 3e place, the Belgian Shepherd also retains his title on the podium this year. The Société Centrale Canine states in its press release that the breed of sheepdogs remains the most popular in France. This race actually represents a quarter of births in the heart of the country.