What Are America's Favorite Dog Breeds?
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For the 27th year, the most popular purebred dog in America is the Labrador retriever.
But other breeds, or kinds of dogs, are quickly gaining in the chase for popularity, especially the French bulldog. Frenchies, as they are also called, are now the number-four dog in the country.
Coming in second is the German shepherd. The golden retriever is third.
The American Kennel Club released its latest dog rankings Wednesday.
Also in the top 10 are the bulldog, beagle, poodle, Rottweiler, Yorkshire terrier and the German shorthaired pointer.
The lovable Lab has ruled as America's top dog longer than any other.
And the friendly beagle is the only dog that has made the AKC's top 10 list every year since the club's founding in 1884.
The Frenchie's fast rise
The French bulldog has risen from 76th place to fourth in just 20 years. It ranked sixth in the 1910s and again in 2015-2016.
French bulldogs are wide and low to the ground. Their large ears and funny, flat noses have become favorites in big cities. Frenchies are generally small, quiet dogs.
Their rise in popularity has come in part from the breeds' inclusion in movies and advertisements. Many Hollywood stars also own Frenchies.
Frenchie lovers may like the growing interest in the breed, but they also worry about dishonest breeders and under-informed owners.
Kerry Boyd breeds Frenchies in the state of Massachusetts.
"It scares me that because it's popular, everybody wants it. But not every family is right for a French bulldog," she told the Associated Press.
The breed made news this month when a Frenchie puppy died on an airplane. An airline employee forced a passenger to put the dog into a small, closed baggage area. The death led to discussion of breathing problems common among breeds with especially flat noses.
Frenchies are also at risk of overheating and of having nose and mouth problems that require surgery. They also often must be born by cesarean section because of their big heads.
In 2015, New York's The Village Voice magazine published a cover of a photograph of a Frenchie. That cover said "Don't Buy This Dog."
Dr. John de Jong is an animal doctor in Massachusetts. He sees Frenchies' problems up close. But he notes that other breeds have conditions of their own.
"I would say to anybody purchasing a breed of any kind: Do their homework," says de Jong.
The AKC is the nation's oldest purebred dog registry.
The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates there are about 70 million pet dogs in the United States, and over 74 million pet cats.
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1.the French bulldog 法国斗牛犬
New to the list for 2005 were the French bulldog and the Havanese, the kennel club said.
2.pet cats 宠物猫
These pet cats may have long hair or short hair.
3.animal doctor 兽医
He is a famous animal doctor from England.
4.up close 近距离地
I had the chance to view that organization up close this month when I canvassed for him.
5.French bulldogs are wide and low to the ground.
low to the ground 贴近地面
Try to keep your feet low to the ground with shorter strides.
Being a scenting dog with short legs, it holds its nose low to the ground.
6.Frenchies are also at risk of overheating and of having nose and mouth problems that require surgery.
at risk of 有...的风险
An estimated seven million people are at risk of starvation.
He was at risk of cardiac arrest, diabetes.
而其它犬种也迅速成为大众追捧的潮流，尤其是法国斗牛犬 。这种也被称为“法国小精灵”（Frenchies）的犬种目前在美国排名第四 。
法国斗牛犬在短短20年间从第76名攀升至第4名 。在20世纪10年代和2015-2016年期间，它一直排在第6名 。
法国斗牛犬身宽、腿短 。它们的大耳朵和滑稽的扁鼻子已经成为大城市的新宠 。法国斗牛犬是一种性格安静的小型犬种 。
它们的人气暴增部分是因为这些犬种被纳入电影和广告中 。许多好莱坞明星饲养法国斗牛犬 。
凯利·博伊德（Kerry Boyd）在马萨诸塞州饲养法国斗牛犬 。
本月，一只法国斗牛犬幼犬在飞机上死亡的新闻引起了轰动 。航空公司职员强行让乘客将这只狗放入较小、封闭的行李区 。这起事件引发人们对扁鼻子犬种的呼吸问题的讨论 。
法国斗牛犬还存在体温过热以及鼻子和嘴巴需要手术的风险 。因为头大，它们常常是通过剖腹产出生的 。
约翰·德容（John de Jong）博士是马萨诸塞州的兽医 。他熟知各种法国斗牛犬的问题 。但是他指出，其它犬种也存在各自的问题 。