Height: 10-14 in
Weight: 19-28 lbs
Life Span: 10-12 yrs
Coloring: Brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, fawn and white; all colors except for solid black, browns, black and tan, black and white, white with black are accepted
Area of Origin: England and France
Similar Breeds: English Bulldog, Mastiff, Pug, Boston Terrier
History and Origin:
Despite its name, the French Bulldog was originally bred in Britain in the 19th century by lace makers with the intention of developing a Toy Bulldog breed. Changes in economy drove many of these lace makers from England into France, and they brought their small dogs with them. The French quickly welcomed this Toy Bulldog, and happily imported new breeding stock from England that was deemed too small by the British standards. The French Bulldog (Bouledogue Francais as it was called in France at the time) became immensely popular, sought after by both the aristocracy and by Bohemian-types such as artists and writers. By the time the French Bulldog made its way back to Britain in the 1890s, it was a completely different breed from the Toy Bulldog of the early nineteenth century. Originally unaccepted as a breed separate from the English Bulldog, the French Bulldog was finally recognized as a separate breed by the United Kennel Club in 1905, following the example of the American, Canadian, French, and German Kennel Clubs.
Personality and Temperament:
Always a companion animal, the French Bulldog is a loving, calm, and delightful little dog that craves human contact. It is a patient breed, noted to be fantastic with children. It is lively, but not excitable, and extremely comedic. The French Bulldogs easy demeanor makes it a suitable choice of the nervous or first-time dog owner. It is not prone to behavior problems if its needs are met, and is always a delight to be around.
Exercise & Training:
While the French Bulldog is not an athletic breed, it does need a daily walk to maintain its physical and mental health. It enjoys playing, especially with children, but due to its short nose it tends to overheat easily and lose its breath. With a low activity level, the French Bulldog is suitable for apartment living. While not among the most intelligent of breeds, the French Bulldogs innate desire to be with its people makes it a fairly easy dog to train basic commands. Consistent and firm leadership is nevertheless needed, as it has a tendency of developing Small Dog Syndrome.
The French Bulldogs coat is short and smooth, requiring a brushing a few times a week to remove excess and dead hair. It is an average shedder. Bathe only when necessary to avoid drying out the skin.
The English Bulldog was bred with breeds such as the Pug and various Terrier breeds in order to produce the French Bulldog. It shares qualities of these breeds, such as the English Bulldogs heavy frame, the Pugs smaller size, and the Terriers upright ears. The Boston Terrier gets much of its personality and physical appearance from the French Bulldog, which was used in its development.
Interesting Facts about the French Bulldog:
1. The French Bulldog (affectionately known as the Frenchie) is frequently considered to be a clown in a philosophers body.
2. The French Bulldog only gained breed distinction in Britain at the turn of the twentieth century because the English were against accepting a breed with French in its name!
3. The upright ear of the French Bulldog only exists because American enthusiasts preferred it to the rose-ear of the English Bulldog. The English wanted to reclaim the French Bulldog as its predecessor, the Toy Bulldog, which was simply a smaller version of the English Bulldog.
4. A French Bulldog was aboard the Titanic when it sunk, and unfortunately perished with the ship.