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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.