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10/31/2011 Breed Spotlight - French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs
French Bulldogs - Breed Spotlight

History & Characteristics

Dating back to the 19th century, French Bulldogs were, and continue to be used as a human companion. Lace makers from Nottingham, England bred these “toy” versions of the English Bulldog with the sole purpose of being a “lap dog.” After the Industrial Revolution brought lace makers and their miniature companions to France, the popularity of their breed increased tremendously and it wasn’t long before the “toy” bulldog became known as the “French Bulldog.” This smooth-coated breed has a variety of coat colors including, brindle, fawn, white, and combinations of brindle with white, or fawn with white. While most French Bulldogs stand at about 12 inches in height, and weigh between 19-28 pounds, their body structure is best described as being stocky, sturdy, and compact.

Dog Training Tips

French Bulldogs are active, intelligent, and an easy-care companion with a very curious and comical disposition. While they are very easygoing, this breed requires leadership, consistency and attention from its owners. Often times when an owner is too passive towards them, they become very stubborn and irritable, and in some cases adopt the title, “Small Dog Syndrome.” These behaviors can be avoided and corrected with positively reinforced dog training to ensure a happy and adoring Frenchie. This affectionate breed typically gets along well with strangers and other animals, and immensely enjoys spending time with their human companions.

French Bulldog Care Tips

French Bulldogs have smooth, short coats which are very easy to maintain. They are average shedders, and require very minimal grooming. Frenchies are commonly recognized for their triangular shaped bat ears, which stand erect on their large, square heads. Although they are indoor dogs and will be fine without a yard, they can be fairly active. For a happy and healthy Frenchie, they should be taken on daily walks and have plenty of indoor play. It is important to keep in mind, French Bulldogs are very sensitive to hot temperatures and should be closely monitored in extreme heat conditions, as they will run and play for hours if allowed.

French Bulldogs As Pets

French Bulldogs are well behaved and adaptable with a demonstrative nature and sweet disposition. While they may be very playful and alert, they are not overly energetic or loud, and are perfectly content to spend the day inside with their owners. French Bulldogs are perfect, loyal companions for anyone looking to adopt an easily trained dog, accustomed to apartment life.

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