Getting To Know Your French Bulldog Dog

The French bulldog dog is a small domestic dog breed that is cousins with the American and English bulldogs. As to where the breed originated originally, there are conflicting references available, with some breeders claiming that the French bulldog has its roots in Britain during the start of the industrial revolution.

The idea behind that was that as mechanization spread throughout Europe, lace makers from Nottingham, who were also breeders of miniature bulldogs, had to leave because they lost their jobs. A whole lot of them left England for France where there was more demand for their skills. The lace makers who left, of course, took with them their small dogs, many of which had characteristic bat ears.

The French fell in love with the small dogs and there was such a demand for them that the breeders started breeding a French version of the dogs to supply the demand. The French bulldog dog became popular and has been around in Australia since the latter parts of the forties, bred from imported English bloodlines.

A French bulldog dog generally should appear to be intelligent, active, and muscular, with heavy bones, a compact build, smooth coat, and of small or medium structure. Acceptable colors include: fawn, white, brindle and white, all brindle, and any other color except those listed for disqualification. Bulldog skin should be loose and soft, especially at the shoulders and the head, forming wrinkle, with a moderately fine coat that is short, smooth, and brilliant. Disqualifications for a French bulldog include: non-bat ears; black and white, liver, mouse, solid black, and black and tan colors; differently colored eyes; not a black nose, except if the dog is light-colored; a hare lip; and any other kind of mutilation.

The French bulldog dog is a companion dog breed so it will require a lot of contact with humans. The French bulldog does not need a lot of exercise although daily walks are required. Outdoor time has to be limited because the breed has a compromised breathing system, plus the complication of their bulk makes them inefficient at regulating their temperature properly. They can’t be trusted to swim as well because they are top heavy.

Still, French bulldog dogs are excellent as companions and are very sweet. They will rarely bark, but when they do it is because they need something or they are not happy. They are great with children so they are great for families to have. They also get along with easily with other dogs when properly introduced so no need to worry if you already have existing pets.


Basic French Bulldog Training

Originally bred in England, the French bulldog is a smaller version of the English bulldog.  However, this dog is a strong, compact and well-built breed that has big, rounded bat ears that are naturally upright.  They also have round dark eyes and a flat but powerful muzzle, a pug nose, a rounded forehead, and a square-shaped flat head.  Their skin is smooth and loose, and their tail can be either straight or coiled.  French bulldogs are remarkably good-natured they are very affectionate to their owners and children.  However, they can be a little possessive.  Most of their behavioral problems are due to lack of communication or miscommunication between them and their owners.  They would love to be part of their owners family and to have close contact with them.

Nonetheless, they can behave properly if they are well-trained.  Though they are trainable, French bulldogs are stubborn.  They are hard to train because they have the tendency to be lazy they would take a long nap and would only lounge around most of the time.  Therefore, they are slow at learning new commands.  However, French bulldogs are still recognized for their independent thinking, intelligence and mischievousness.  If they are interested at the task their owners are asking them to do, there is no doubt that they will do best in it.  Their distinctive temperament and personality will need to be considered when it comes to French bulldog training.

French bulldog training would require a huge amount of patience and consistence.  Being patient is important because French bulldogs are very stubborn.  Impatience can cause problems between the owner and the dog during the training.  Teaching a French bulldog can be difficult because they can be really slow when it comes to learning new things.  However, this is not because French bulldogs are stupid but due to the fact that they are smart and have their own will.  Owners should avoid hitting or smacking their dogs they should look for other means to teach the dog who is the one in command.  Consistence is very essential in French bulldog training because French bulldogs will learn better this way.  The dog will have problems with learning if their owner will stray from the usual training routine.  This way, the dog will have a very clear idea of what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable.  Consistence will avoid confusion for the dogs part as it will simplify things to the dog.

In addition, it is important for owners to take their French bulldogs to daily walks because this exercise will help the dog drain its energy, because French bulldogs are naturally very active, alert and playful.  Daily walks can help in French bulldog training as they can use this time to teach their dog to follow simple commands, such as, heel, sit, stay and come.  Confining the dog in a crate is also an effective part of French bulldog training as this will teach them the places that they are allowed to go.