French Bulldog

Quick facts

French Bulldog AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Height: 12 Inches
Weight: 22-30 pounds
Colors: Brindle, fawn, white or combination of brindle or fawn with white
AKC recognized in: 1898

The French Bulldog was native to England when the English Bulldog was fancied to be bred as a smaller version that can be placed on the lap and initially called "toy bulldogs" by the breeders who were lace makers in the 19th century in Nottingham, England. In the 1860s when Industrial Revolution drove these lace makers to France, they brought their dogs. The French loved the toy bulldogs and called them the French Bulldog. When, finally, these dogs came back to England for dog shows, the Britons could not change the name again, and the name French Bulldog stuck.

This dog is short and stocky with compact built. It has bat ears, triangular-shaped and rounded at the tips that stand erect most of the time. It has a straight or cork-screwed. The coat of this dog is medium fine and short but smooth. Because the front of the dog goes with its broad chest and is wider than the back, the French Bulldog is somehow pear-shaped.

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Its teeth have an under bite with its square jaw and its upper lip hanging over its lower lip. It has a large square head and rounded forehead.

Dog fanciers give the French Bulldog different nicknames like Frenchie, frog dog, and clown. The Frenchies are bright and easygoing. They love to play with children and clown around with a very comical personality.

Temperament

French Bulldog Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level two paws
Exercise Requirements two paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance one paw
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability two paws

The French Bulldog can deal easily with people and other dogs. But, it has an alpha personality and can be aggressive when some other dog tries to dominate the pack or against it. The Frenchies yap a lot when it is showing appreciation and having fun. Although it is an enthusiastic behavior, the dog has an attitude to seek for a dominant owner. It knows fairly well when its master has allowed it to do what it wants to do. This is when there is a need for leadership from its master to become more apparent.

Overall, this dog is affectionate, adaptable and well-behaved. Even if it yaps and clowns around, it is not boisterous and irritating to people. It is an ideal pet dog.

Health and Exercise

The French Bulldog has an average lifespan of 11-14 years. The Frenchie needs supervised care when it develops difficulty in breathing due to extreme temperatures, there should always be fresh water and good amount of shade to keep it healthy. It has a compacted passageway for breathing.

Because of its dwarf figure, it can have back or spinal disease called chondrodysplasia. Cherry eye is another disease that Frenchies suffer. Skin folds under the eyes must regularly be kept clean and dried to avoid infections. Joint diseases and disorders are prone to affect the French Bulldog because of its body structure and active lifestyle.

Generally though, the Frenchie is a healthy dog when it is given regular health check-ups with a veterinarian.

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