In the mid 1800's, English workers moved to France to work in the lace industry and many took their small Bulldogs with them. The French fell in love with them, especially those with upright (bat-like) ears. Breeding of this smaller Bulldog started in earnest and by the late 1800's, they were a very popular pet. American visitors to France took some home where their popularity also soared.
The French Bulldog is a cuddly clown, that loves to snuggle down and sleep on your lap, given half a chance. They are a good natured breed and perfect with children if they are respected. They love nothing more than being included in everything and will want to be by your side all the time Bulldogs can be stubborn, so training will be a challenge. The trick is to make them think they want to do it. They will want to please you and the reward of a tummy tickle or a nap on your lap is usually enough for them. French Bulldogs get on well with other pets and dogs and are usually good with strangers. They don't often bark, but if they do, something isn't right in their world. They have a tendency to drool a fair amount, so cleaning their faces should be done regularly. Their short coats need minimal attention, making them quite a low maintenance breed. WIth their flat faces/noses, they will snore and snort when asleep; something they seem to do all day. This is one of the endearing qualities of the breed. They only need short walks and a few play sessions to keep them happy and then it's back on your lap for a well deserved power nap. Most Bulldogs cannot swim. The breed can suffer from CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia) and are sometimes prone to allergies. Breeding to achieve the flat face can sometimes cause breathing issues if it is very warm.
French Bulldogs have a pleasant and playful temperament. They are sweet little dogs who will love to play and explore their surroundings. The French Bulldog is a very sociable dog that will get on well with strangers and be happy to meet new dogs.
It is important that the Frenchie receives plenty of training with treats as a reward in order to learn its place among its new family and not develop any alpha dog tendencies.
Health problems that may affect the French Bulldog include canine hip dysplasia (CHD), patellar luxation (dislocation of the kneecap), brachycephalic syndrome (breathing difficulties), intervertebral disc disease (pressure on spinal cord that can cause paralysis), allergies and some skin problems (particularly if face wrinkles are not cleaned enough).
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 8 - 11 years
- Weight: 9 - 12.5 kg
- Height: 11 - 13"
- Rare: No
- Coat: Short
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Either
- Minimum Home Size: Flat
- Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
- Breed Type: Companion Dog
- Size: Small
- Energy Level: Medium
- Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour
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