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Much like "pizza is good" and "figuring out what the hell color this damn dress is gives me a lot of anxiety for some reason" some things are so certain that a study to prove whether or not they are true would be entirely useless. Yesterday, the American Kennel Club released its annual list of the most popular dogs in each New York City neighborhood. The findings? New Yorkers really, really love Frenchies.
Fact: French bulldogs are the best. They're scientifically the cutest puppies, they don't shed, and they're constantly smiling (whether or not they're actually happy all the time is irrelevant, it's cute, shut up).
Though it wasn't the most popular breed in every neighborhood (Upper East Siders love the equally adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, while Upper West Siders prefer labrador retrievers), French bulldogs won out overall, followed by regular, slightly-less-cute bulldogs, labs, German shepherds, and golden retrievers.
If we needed any more proof that New Yorkers love French bulldogs (and let us vehemently repeat, we do not), just consider the mural with which one Williamsburg coffee shop expressed its love for the breed, depicting an honestly-kind-of-unsettling hipster Frenchie, complete with glasses, buffalo check flannel and a bright red beard: