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.

 

Finding The Perfect French Bulldog Puppy

The adage “Dogs are a man’s best friend”, is perhaps known to many but quite have a few hitches. Just like finding a real friend, different dog breeds can have varying temperaments that can match the personality of their owners.

Since dogs are social animals by nature, close contact with humans are essential especially with companion dogs. Among the popular companion dog breeds are French bulldogs, which purportedly originated in Nottingham, England. So what are the characteristics that a potential owner should know when selecting a French bulldog puppy?

Ideally, this stocky little breed found in coat color varying from fawn, brindle, to white is applicable to city life since they can do well living indoors. Its appearance shares the same characteristics of a typical bulldog breed with skin hanging loose at the sides of its broad muzzle, an under bite teeth, and round eyes. Although French bulldogs bark only to draw attention, the breed needs their owner’s frequent company as well as exercise.  A French bulldog puppy owner may find it mischievous and independent.  Its affectionate nature makes them perfect companions around children. However, owners need to keep in mind that proper display of leadership is essential to gain their respect and obedience. Just like any dog breed, a French bulldog puppy must be introduced to proper training or else they will grow up stubborn and aggressive.

Another question prospective owners usually deal with is how to choose a French bulldog puppy. Finding a reputable breeder is a good start. The breeder can provide plenty of advice on taking care of the dog especially when this type of breed can entail high maintenance and regular visits to the veterinarian. Health problems such as breathing difficulty, spinal illnesses, cherry eye, and inability to regulate temperature can arise if they are not cared for properly.

Since French bulldogs require a lot of exercise, it is advisable that owners take them out for a daily walk to maintain an active lifestyle. It should however be noted that extreme temperature must be avoided since they are prone to heat strokes.

If you think your reason for finding a dog fits with the characteristics mentioned above, then, there is a greater chance that owning a French bulldog puppy will be a rewarding experience for you and your family. Being a pet owner after all entails responsibility and providing the best care for a French bulldog can make them a truly devoted companion.

 

French Bulldog Information

Seeing those round puppy eyes in a French Bulldog can make almost anyone’s heart melt. Other names that this breed is also known for are Boule-Dog Francais and Frenchie. It is quite ironic that this dog breed has acquired a French name when in fact, it comes from an English origin. French Bulldogs were crossed from various dog varieties and the toy breed variety of English bulldogs.

Appearance
Fanciers of the French bulldog would agree that there is something special when it comes to the features of this particular breed. Frenchies have distinctive bat-like ears, eyes that are set wide apart, and a round head. The breed has a black nose set on a broad, laid back muzzle. When you look at this small, stocky breed, the French bulldogs intent gaze will give you the impression that it is ready to listen to anything you’ll say. Frenchies have short and muscular legs, broad chest, and short coat. The generally accepted colors of this dog variety are fawn, white, brindle, or a combination of brindle and white.  The average weight set by the American and Canadian Breed Standard for male French bulldogs ranges from 24-28 pounds, and for female, 19-24 pounds.

Temperament
Pet enthusiasts who are looking for a companion dog would be delighted to have a French bulldog. This dog breed is suited indoors, loves to clown around, is cheerful, and can get along well with children. They are very affectionate companions. Families who have other pets in their homes need not worry since a French bulldog will not pose a threat to those animals. It is important that a French bulldog be exposed to training at an early age. Owners have to assert leadership; otherwise, the French bulldog can assume an alpha position and can become stubborn. As with any small dog breeds, French bulldog can develop insecurity to the point that they exhibit unwanted behaviors like excessive yapping and aggressiveness.

Health
The health of a French bulldog in general is exceptional and they are among the healthiest bull breeds. There are certain diseases however that owners should watch out for including joint problems, thyroid diseases, and Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD). Most breeders are vigilant enough to have young pups tested for the latter two diseases. French bulldogs are also prone to diseases of the eye. The most common problem is cataract which is often hereditary. During hot weather, Frenchies may experience breathing difficulty because of their compacted airway. Owners should make sure that these dogs are allowed to drink plenty of water to avoid heat stroke.

Training
Obedience training is a must for French bulldogs. Since this breed is descended from Bulls and Terriers, it is not surprising that they can be hardheaded and can disregard their owner’s rules. It is essential that owners take training seriously. If the dog exhibits a bad behavior, owners should not get swayed by the cute appearance of the French Bulldog. Instead, they should be firm in enforcing the correct behavior and asserting leadership.

Owning a dog can be a rewarding experience if you are receptive to your pet’s needs. Remember that dogs, just like humans, need care and attention. Knowing if a certain dog breed suits your personality and lifestyle is part of being a responsible pet owner. Laid back lifestyle, short strolls, and a pleasant napthese activities can make a French bulldog the perfect companion for you.