About the French Bulldog Breed:
It’s pretty hard not to fall in love with this adorable, “bat-eared”, “farty and foolhardy” French cousin of the English Bulldog!
The French Bulldog or “Frenchie” was developed in France from Miniature Bulldogs which were brought over from Nottingham, England, and crossed with local breeds to create the dog known as the “Bouldogue Francais”, and were a favored canine companion of Parisian “Ladies of the Night”.
These sweet little snub-nosed characters make exceptional family pets and great watchdogs! French Bulldogs are small to medium dogs that stand up to 12 1/2 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 27 1/2 pounds.
French Bulldogs love to eat, so their diet should be monitored to keep them from becoming overweight. They have a short, smooth coat that is easy to care for and comes in shades of fawn, brindle, solid white and brindle and white.
French Bulldogs are a great choice for less-active dog lovers since their exercise needs are moderate. Well-mannered and intelligent, French Bulldogs are not barkers. They do tend to snore, though!
French Bulldog Breed History:
Standard-sized Bulldogs in England were used to develop a miniature version. During the mid-19th century the diminutive Bulldog was a popular family pet in the English midlands where lacemaking was a local industry.
When English lacemakers emigrated to France in search of better pay, they took the miniature Bulldogs with them and eventually crossed them with local breeds. The result was a breed known as the Bouldogue Français or French Bulldog.
At first, two ear types were acceptable – the typical Bulldog rose ear and the upright ‘bat’ ear, which prevailed as the correct ear for the French Bulldog.
French Bulldog Breed Description:
Height/Weight: The French Bulldog ranges in size from 18-28 lb (8-12.5 kg).
Coat: The French Bulldog coat is moderately fine, short and smooth.
Color: Acceptable colors for the French Bulldog are brindle, fawn, cream, white, brindle-and-white, brindle pied, black-masked fawn and any color except those that constitute a disqualification.
French Bulldog Breed Temperament:
The French Bulldog is a quiet and well-mannered dog. He is not given to unnecessary barking. However, as with other short-nosed breeds, French Bulldogs may snort or snore.
French Bulldog Breed Exercise Requirements:
The French Bulldog makes an excellent house pet for the less active owner. His exercise needs are moderate.
French Bulldog Breed Grooming Requirements:
Grooming your French Bulldog is quick and easy. Wipe him down every so often, trim nails, and make sure ears are clean. It’s also a good idea to keep dirt and dead skin from accumulating in the deep folds around Frenchie’s adorable smooshed-in (Brachycephalic) snout.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 Years
Good with Children: Yes
Dog Breed Group: Non Sporting Group
Size Group: Small to Medium