French Bulldog Facts
History of the French Bulldog
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.
French Bulldog Characteristics
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. French Bulldogs are active and intelligent with a very curious and comical disposition. While they are easygoing, this breed requires leadership, consistency and attention from its owners. Oftentimes, when an owner is too passive toward a French Bulldog, the dog becomes very stubborn and irritable and may adopt 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.
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Dog Grooming Tips
French Bulldogs have smooth, short coats that are 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 are 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’s 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.
Owning a French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are well-behaved and adaptable with a demonstrative nature and sweet disposition. While they may be playful and alert, they’re not overly energetic or loud and are perfectly content to spend the day indoors with their owners. French Bulldogs are the perfect and loyal companion for those looking to adopt an easily trainable dog accustomed to apartment life.