Where Champions Are Made!
According to history, lace-makers in 19th Century Nottingham, England selectively bred the early bulldog for a downsized or “toy” bulldog for use as a lap pet. When the Industrial Revolution displaced some of these lace-makers to France, they took some of these fun little dogs with them, and soon the toy bulldogs became very popular in France, hence their name the “French Bulldog”.
These unusual and wonderful little dogs also caught the eyes of many wealthy Americans, who were doing the Grand Tour, so much so that many of these tourists brought a dog or two home with them. It was in America that selective breeding was done for the characteristic bat-ears. At this time in Europe, both bat-ears and rose-ears were prevalent. (We’re not really sure what rose-ears looked like – probably similar to the current English Bulldog’s floppy ears. We’re just glad the bat-ears became the standard because we think this is one of their most endearing features.)
After they were brought back to America, they continued to be known as the French Bulldog, even though the original breed was developed in England and much of the selective breeding was done in America.
Adult French bulldogs average 12 to 14 inches in height and weighs 19 to 28 pounds.
Average life span of the French bulldog is approximately 9 to 14 years of age.
The French bulldog is a very loving dog, he is playful, affectionate and likes attention from all those he comes in contact with. A frenchie needs constant companionship from his family, so he would not do well left alone in a back yard. He makes an excellent companion for children, although very small children may not tolerate his over enthusiastic nature. He generally gets along well with other animals as long as they are as playful as he is. They generally are not excessive barkers, They will protect their home and alert owners to intruders as well as when people are at the door. They do not sound vicious, but do have a deep bark. They are often referred to as "little clowns" and this description could not be true! The frenchie is at his utmost content when he is showered with affection and will return the favor to his utmost capabilities. He is a true lapdog, an extreme lover, bodyguard, a playful companion, and is a true "best friend". Just as with people, dogs do differ and while the above is relatively a true picture of the average breed of the French bulldog the frenchie can vary. Some are more boisterous than others, but almost all French bulldogs have the loyalty and love for their owners which make them an excellent companion.
Frenchies are moderately easy to train because they are so smart, although they can also be a bit stubborn and hardheaded, especially if you don’t work with them early on. If you make training a game, they’ll want to play all the time. Frenchies are considered people pleasers and love to be the center of attention. All of our Frenchies are a little different in temperament, just like people, but each of them loves to be shown attention. If you make your new Frenchie a part of your life, he or she will be a wonderful companion that you will enjoy immensely for many years to come.
Frenchies don’t require a lot of time or effort to groom, which we think is great it gives us more time to snuggle or play with them! However, the loose folds on their faces should be kept clean and dry and their ears should be kept clean. Occasionally their nails will need to be clipped, & trimmed but that’s about it. They do shed a little but they are short haired and single coated so they shed less than most other breeds.
Frenchies also tend to be a fairly healthy breed. Because they are a short-faced (“brachycephalic”) and dwarf (“chondrodystrophic”) breed, they have some health concerns every owner should be aware of. Their short face makes their breathing less efficient, so Frenchies have less tolerance of heat, exercise, and stress. Like other dwarf breeds, the stocky Frenchie occasionally has abnormal vertebrae. Because of the good musculature, problems generally do not occur, especially if the use of stairs and jumping is limited. This small/medium size dog does not have the knee joint problems which are so common in other small breeds, nor the hip problems so prevalent with large breeds. We have had very good success with the health of our Frenchies.
French Bulldogs must never be left unattended around water, as they are poor swimmers and can easily drown due to their front-heavy structure.
French bulldogs do best in moderate temperatures and should be carefully supervised in both high and low temperature ranges. Panting or shivering are both indications of excessive exposure. In warm and/climates or humid environments, (over approximately 70º F), air conditioning in the house and car are a must!
Indestructible dog toys are best, as those powerful bulldog jaws can destroy less durable ones; and rawhide type chews should not be used because when they soften they can become lodged in a Frenchie’s throat.
Occasional brushing keeps the coat shiny, and regular nail trimming is a must since many dogs don’t usually wear their nails down by running.
Regular cleaning of the ears and of the deep facial folds will prevent these sensitive areas from becoming irritated, and regular checking of the anal sacs will prevent problems with these. Your vet can advise you on how to care for the ears, skin folds, and anal sacs as well as on feeding your puppy.
It is important that dogs be kept at an appropriate weight; an obese French Bulldog is at a far higher risk for many of the breed’s health issues.