French Bulldog - Breed Information

French Bulldog

If you are looking for a small, cute and adorable pet dog with a comical nature and an affectionate personality, then you can never go wrong with a French Bulldog. Before getting one though, owners would do well to learn as much as they can about the dog breed if only to ensure that they can give them adequate care.

Appearance

The French Bulldog, or Frenchie, is a little, compact and muscular pet dog. These popular canines have a square-shaped head with a broad muzzle and a black nose. They have a distinct underbite. Frenchies also have batlike ears.

The body is broader at the front than the back, making it appear practically pear-shaped. The skin is loose and forms wrinkles, especially around the head and shoulders. Frenchies' short tails are either straight or corkscrew and taper to an excellent point.

History

Contrary to the name, Frenchies did not originate from France but Nottingham, England sometime during the 19th century. French Bulldogs were bred as a variation the bigger and fiercer English Bulldog, and Frenchies were especially popular with artisans of that period. With the dawn of the industrial age, numerous artisans found themselves out of work and consequently relocated to France, taking their brand-new, smaller sized type of Bulldog with them.

The type's appeal spread quickly. The French improved things a bit more, especially in the shape of the ears. The newer Frenchies had the bat-like ears that we see today, while the original type had ears that were rose-shaped. Gradually, as Americans visited France, they became enamored with the type. Therefore, the Frenchie made its way to the United States. In 1897, a Frenchie was displayed at Westminster and recognition of the breed by the American Kennel Club followed a year after.

French Bulldogs nearly went extinct after World War I as interest and their numbers waned. In 1940, the AKC only had 100 Frenchies in their books. Fortunately, interest in the breed returned as breeder worked to replenish their numbers which is why we still have them today.

Fawn Colored French Bulldog Lying Down

Temperament

There is one thing that Frenchies do best and that is being a companion. These dogs happily share the couch for a night of tv or even much better, share your bed during the night.

Frenchies are said to be playful, alert, affectionate and smart with a funny character and a sweet nature. They wonder and can get themselves into trouble at times.  They are friendly even with complete strangers and other pets and enjoy absolutely nothing more than to be with their humans. Unfortunately, this also means they do not make good guard and service dogs.

As for training French Bulldogs, they do need a firm hand. Frenchies can develop lap dog syndrome and likewise need companionship. You shouldn't get one if you are only going to leave it alone for most of the day.

Potential Health Problems

Unfortunately, like most other bulldogs, Frenchies are vulnerable to some medical issues. Amongst them are:

  • Birthing issues that frequently require C-section
  • Breathing/respiratory problems
  • Spine disorders/disc diseases
  • Joint diseases
  • Heart defects

Care and Grooming

Frenchies will do well in an apartment or a home with a yard. Engage yours in play and take him for strolls routinely to prevent weight problems and to keep him from ending up being destructive.

Keep in mind that Frenchies do so well if exposed to temperature extremes - either hot or cold - because of their beautiful coats. Avoid taking your Frenchie for long walks on hot days, and make sure to bundle him up on cold ones.

As they shed very little, Frenchies need only weekly brushings to keep their coat clean and healthy. Owners also ought to bathe them only as needed (once a month) so as not to strip the fur of natural oils.

A French Bulldog calendar is a great gift to give a dog lover on their birthday or on a special day. Your kids will love to hang this in their room.