French Bull Dogs -
A Gentle Little Frenchie!
French Bull Dogs though symbolic to France where they are known as Bouledogue Francais, are believed by some, to have originated and been developed from the English bulldog.
There is no doubt some truth to this belief as it is evident that a number of miniature English bull dogs found their way to France around 1860 and were apparently cross bred with other breeds including terriers and pugs.
During their subsequent development there was some difference between
the ear shape - some having a rose ear while others having a bat shaped ear. The bat ear won out and has become a distinctive feature of the breed as has the flat skull shape - differentiating it from other bulldogs.
As the breed gained recogniton, the French Bull Dog Club Of America was formed and created a standard for the breed. A major surge in popularity followed an event in New York, hosted by the club to showcase the Frenchies.
Subsequently it has become one of the most favored breeds in NY city rising to the top five in 2017. The breed has also
taken top spots in other major cities across the country.
This breed while having ancestors once used for bull baiting, is now a companion dog with considerable following among celebrities.
Their appearance is characterized by a broad chest and muscular body, sturdy and heavy boned with facial features reminiscent of the pug. The "bat" ears are a distinct feature of the breed today.
Personality and Traits:
The French Bulldog is vivacious, entertaining and is known for his clownish behavior. He thrives on people contact and really
needs to be with a family that can involve him in their activities.
Frenchies have a loving and easy going disposition. But also have a determined side of their nature - probably a carry over
from their days in the bull ring when they needed it.
If owners make sure they are viewed as the head honcho, any
"bullheadedness" won't be a problem. Otherwise, watch out, these smart little dogs may lapse into bad habits.
All in all, this is a very charming brick of a dog and very trainable in the hands of someone who is calm and consistent. They
are generally not barkers, but will sound the alarm to announce approaching visitors.
French Bulldog Appearance:
Includes two classes: under 22 pounds and 22-28 pounds
of the Frenchies can be brindle, fawn, white, and brindle and white. Solid black, liver, mouse, black and tan,
black and white, and white with black are not acceptable in the standard.
Coat and Care:
The coat of French Bull Dogs is fine and has a nice soft texture. It is an average shedder.
Maintenance includes combing and brushing to remove loose hair that you don't want to end up on your
floors or couch!
Also, it's recommended to use a foaming facial cleanser
to keep their face clean and free of bacteria especially in
the folds, as well as to remove food stains and odors. After cleansing the face should be dried thoroughly.
Overall bathing can be done every week if needed, but on average 3 to 6 weeks max between tub time.
Activity and Health Note
Most French bull dogs are fairly active around the house, but still need a daily walk for good health, as well
as to instill the structure they need from you - their pack leader.
Take care not to overstress them in warm weather when they can easily overheat.
They have a harder time breathing in general than other breeds because of their squished narrow nostrils and narrower trachea. Being one of the breeds subject to the brachycephalic airway syndrome, they are much more prone to respiratory challenges.
Hot, or hot and humid weather exascerbates the problem making it even harder to generate sufficient air and to stay cool.
Space Needs of the French Bull Dogs
The Frenchies will easily adapt to house or apartment. But don't try to keep them housebound - the mental stimulation of
getting out for a walk is necessary to all canines.
Is This a Good Breed For Children?
French Bulldogs are best in families with children old enough to understand kindness and respect for dogs while still being able to show leadership. Also, small children sometimes want to pick dogs up and these little dogs are surprisingly heavy!
In any case, whatever breed is chosen to live with children, it is always the recommended policy to have an adult supervise
interactions between them.
Companions For Seniors or Housebound Families?
As companion dogs for the sedentary, senior or more housebound families, the French Bull Dogs are ideal. They love the
close attention they get being with a family that is home most of the time.
Additionally, their low exercise needs and easier grooming make them more suitable for these type of households.
The French Bulldog - Kennel Club Classics
Fabulous color photographs, fascinating art, plus expert information about care of the breed, including
health and breeding.
For those interested in showing the Frenchie, there is also an extensive section on clubs, breeders and
For those interested in sponsering a foster FB, find out more here
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