Breed Introduction: French Bulldog

This cute short-faced breed is to die for!

Breed Introduction: French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is small but substantial in build with a powerful muscular body. He sports a short coat to accompany his easygoing personality. Frenchie likes to play, but it also enjoys spending his days relaxing on the sofa. Bat-eared but oddly beautiful, the French Bulldog has a unique appeal.

Frenchies are loving companions who thrive on human contact. If you want an outdoor dog that can be left alone for long periods, Frenchie is not the breed for you. This is a dog that enjoys lavishing love on his human companions as much as he loves the same treatment in return. They generally get along well with everyone, including children. They can, however, be territorial and possessive of their people, especially in the presence of other dogs. Socialization is a must for this breed, but with their easy companionship, this is an enjoyable task!

French Bulldogs make excellent watchdogs and will alert their people to approaching strangers, but it is  not their style to bark without cause. They can be protective of their home and family and some will try to defend both with their life. French Bulldogs do not need a lot of room and do very well in apartments or small dwellings.

French bulldog Origin

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The French Bulldog originated in England and was created to be a toy-size version of the Bulldog. The breed was quite popular among lace workers in the city of Nottingham. When many lace workers immigrated to France for better opportunities, they naturally brought their little bulldogs with them.

The French Bulldog thrived in France and Europe, and his charm was soon discovered by Americans as well. The United States saw its first French Bulldog at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1896. The breed was quickly nicknamed “Frenchie,” and it is still an affectionate name that is used today.

French bulldog Characteristics

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1. Health problems

Unfortunately, these nice-tempered dogs are deliberately bred with structural deformities that detract from the dog’s quality of life. They have a notable issue on breathing. You need to protect them from heatstroke and if the weather gets hot, your home needs to be air-conditioned. Along with respiratory disorders, Frenchies also suffer from spinal disorders, eye diseases, heart disease, and joint diseases.

2. French Bulldog Sounds

Because of their short face, most Frenchies snort, snuffle, wheeze, grunt, and snore loudly. These sounds are endearing to some people and nerve-wracking to others. Some French Bulldogs, especially those with heavy loose lips, slobber water when they drink. Some drool, too, especially after eating and drinking.

3. Gassiness

All short-faced breeds gulp air when they eat, and that air has to go somewhere, after all. For such a small dog, French Bulldogs can be quite stubborn and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. Food is a great motivator for this breed, but it often results in a fat Frenchie who only obeys if you are waving a cookie. I recommend a more sensible training method. French Bulldogs can be quite slow to housebreak. Do expect four to six months of consistent crate training.

Updated: September 21, 2017.

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