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In 2022, the Australian Shepherd will remain the favorite dog of the French.

The Australian Shepherd is a dog breed that has experienced a meteoric rise in France. According to data released by Société Centrale Canine, 2022 has not given up on its popularity.

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La Centrale Canine, founded in 1881, is an association that maintains a genealogical book for dogs or Livre des Origins Français (LOF)*. The one whose mission is to promote dog breeds in the country, on January 18, 2023, presented the 20 most beloved French breeds. According to last year’s data, “The Australian Shepherd confirms its lead position with over 20,000 births in 2022, followed by the Golden Retriever, which registers almost 15,000 births per year.” In third place is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or “Stuffy”, with over 12,500 puppies in 2022. A Belgian Shepherd comes out of the podium.

*LOF is a database containing all genealogy, health and performance data of purebred dogs. All puppies born to LOF parents are registered there, but only after a confirmation session do they receive their pedigree, a document certifying that the dog meets the characteristics set out in its breed standard.

As Science et Avenir explained in a previous article, the Australian Shepherd is not native to Australia. This breed was actually born in the Basque Country. In the 19th century, due to a lack of work, many pastors emigrated to Oceania with their dogs in the hope of applying their skills to sheep farming. Around 1900, pastors traveled to the United States, a country where the dog breed was nicknamed the “Australian Shepherd” because of its origins. Finally, “inThe breed as we know it today originated exclusively in the United States,” Centrale Canine said in a press release.

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She continues: “The Australian Shepherd is a young breed recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale only in 1996, although its breeding in France began in the 1980s.” And blow The heart of the French for the young breed continues: in 1997, fewer than 130 people were registered with the LOF in France. Today there are over 130,000 dogs!

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La Centrale Canine is a member of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which she founded in 1911 along with four other members. This federation recognizes approximately 352 dog breeds in the world, including about fifty dog ​​breeds of French origin.

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