The French Bulldog can claim part of its ancestry in Great Britain, going back to the 1850’s when a dwarf Bulldog breed known as the Toy Bulldog was popular in some parts of the country. Nottingham lace makers, threatened by redundancy in the Industrial Revolution, emigrated to Northern France, taking their dogs with them. They became popular in some localised areas. It is thought that some crosses were made to other short-faced breeds and after three decades a new breed known as the French Bulldog had evolved. Unlike other Bulldog breeds, the French Bulldog has large ‘Bat Ears’ (a term used as a nickname for the breed) giving him a clownish appearance. While small, they are muscular with a heavy bone-structure and strong legs. In recent years the breed has seen a meteoric rise in popularity.
The French bulldog is an even-tempered house dog that thrives on attention, in fact, he demands it! Frenchies were originally bred as a ‘companion’ breed, which means they’re very people orientated dogs and dislike being left alone for even short periods, ideally they need owners around all day. This dog is ideal for a single-person household, as he may compete for your attention with other members of the family. The French bulldog does not bark a lot, only when he finds real cause for excitement. They are happy in any housing; suitable for city life, because no large yard is required. He is not meant to be a jogging companion, but he is always willing to go for a brisk walk. The French bulldog does not require a lot of food, and his short coat is easy to keep clean. Facial wrinkles should be cleaned regularly. The Frenchie snorts and snores, but somehow it’s part of his appeal. They prefer to spend their time in the house, receiving all your attention.
Read about the history of French Bulldogs – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Utility|
|Country of Origin||France|
|Temperament||Fun, Loving, Courageous|
|Exercise Needed||Up to an hour a day|
|Size of Home Needed||Small|
|Weight – Females||11 kg / 24 lb|
|Weight – Males||12.5 kg / 28 lb|
|Grooming||Once a week|
|Coat||Short and Glossy|
|Life Span||10 – 12 years|
- While starting off life as a working rural companion, stories of the French Bulldog’s unconventional appearance spread to Paris where they were adopted by those who wanted to appear socially daring and they found fame in paintings by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.
- Despite not being big barkers, they’re very talkative and will communicate with you in the form of yips, gargles and yawns!
- As a result of their squat frame and bulbous head, French bulldogs can’t swim, so pool owners and beach lovers should keep a watchful eye on their pups.
- Unfortunately they suffer with many health problems and owners should be prepared for the vet bills that comes with this breed. They also need to have a lot of understanding regarding these health problems.
- One unfortunate French Bulldog called Gamin de Pycombe was on the ill-fated Titanic when it sunk. He had been bought in England for the very high price of £150 (£13,500 in today’s money) and was insured for what at that time was an extraordinary amount of money – $750.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about French Bulldogs.
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WEBSITES ABOUT FRENCH BULLDOGS
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the French Bulldog breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.
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