The French Bulldog, originally called the Bouledogue Francais, is also known as the Frenchie. If there’s one breed of dog that always looks like it’s smiling, that’s the French bulldog! Bred to be the mini version of bulldogs, these cutie lapdogs are great companions for people with busy lives.
These pups are sweet and friendly people pleasers who adore cuddling, enjoy following you from room to room, and love being the centre of attention. What else is there beneath their smile? To find out read these cute facts about French Bulldogs!
These pups are cousins to the English Bulldog, which descended from the Bullenbeisser sport dogs, a subfamily of the ancient Greek Molossian breed that was originally used for bull-baiting.
When blood sports were outlawed in England in 1835, English Bulldogs emerged as companion dogs and were bred with terriers and Pugs to reduce their size.
The toy size bulldogs became very popular among the lace workers in Nottingham because these docile and loyal pooches would warm the workers’ laps by day and rid the workshops of rats by night.
The Industrial Revolution mechanized laceworks in England, and many of these skilled workers immigrated to France, taking their pups with them.
The curious toy-sized, bat-eared bulldogs were an instant hit with the French bohemians.
The high-society ladies fell in love with the pups, too, and the French Bulldog became a status symbol.
The Romanovs were pet aficionados. Ortino was Tatiana Romanov’s most beloved and cherished French bulldog.
The breed first appeared in the United States in the late 19th They were very well received, earning the nickname “Frenchie,” as well as the affection of notable pet parents like the Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan families.
The French Bulldog is one of the top 10 breeds in the United States.
Historically, the French Bulldog was so elite that one pooch named Gamin de Pycombe was one of only 13 dogs aboard the Titanic.
Fully grown, the average, healthy weight for a French bulldog is 16-28 pounds, and they stand approximately 12 inches tall at the shoulder.
The average French bulldog lifespan is 11-14 years, but life expectancy can be affected by many factors.
French Bulldogs keep a low centre of gravity with their compact, muscular build and large, square head, and they walk with a recognisable bow-legged gait.
A brachycephalic, or “flat-faced” breed, these pooches have those adorable faces that are just perfect for smooching. Their skin is loose and soft, forming wrinkles at the head and shoulders.
French Bulldogs have a short, smooth coat that comes in a variety of colors. Most commonly, their coat color comes in shades of brindle, fawn, or tan. They can also be white with brindle patches, an effect known as “pied.”
French Bulldogs are easy-going, fun-loving additions to any family. True companion dogs, they thrive on human contact. They are patient with children, friendly with strangers, and loyal to their pet parents, sometimes to the point of being overly protective.
Since they can be territorial, socialisation at a young age is a good idea. These social butterflies also enjoy the company of other canine companions.
Despite yearning for affection, they make excellent watchdogs because they hardly ever bark without reason.
With a short, fine coat, your French bulldog’s grooming needs will be fairly easy to maintain. Brush your pal weekly with a rubber hound glove or soft bristle brush. During the fall and spring shedding seasons, you can remove any excess hair with a stripping comb.
French Bulldogs need a bath about once a month. Just make sure you use a high-quality doggie shampoo, and follow these tips for bathing wrinkly dogs. It’s very important that you keep your pup’s wrinkles clean and always check for scabs or lesions that could lead to infections. Make sure to clean their ears regularly with a damp cloth and keep up with nail trimming, too.
They are fairly low energy and don’t need a lot of exercises. However, make sure your pooch is still getting a couple of 15-minute walks a day and some low-key playtime.
French Bulldogs are relatively intelligent little pooches, so training can be a positive experience for both of you, especially if you incorporate lots of food, praise, and play. They are sensitive and respond far better to rewards than criticism.
French Bulldogs are free thinkers, which can lead to stubbornness. This also means that they are not the best-suited breed for obedience and agility competitions.
These little lovelies tend to be front-heavy, and since they are a brachycephalic breed, meaning that they have an adorable smooch face, they can have difficulty breathing.
When boating, visiting the lake or ocean, or when near a pool, make sure you keep a close eye on them and always bring a life jacket!
These adorable dogs have earned themselves the nickname “Frog Dogs,” due to the strange way they will lay on their tummies and splay their legs back behind them like a frog. So strange, and yet so cute!
In the Wizard of Oz movie, and in other books, Toto was shown as a Cairn terrier, but, R.A. Neill, who drew the pictures for the books “The Road to Oz”, and “The Emerald City,” drew Toto as a French bulldog! He was even featured prominently on the book spine with an adorable blue bow.
French bulldogs are making a huge wave in the dog fashion industry. Actually, it isn’t hard to notice just how popular they’ve become in the fashion world as a whole.
Even Marc Jacobs, a popular figure, has released his own line of these dog’s accessories in order to appeal to fashion enthusiasts that aren’t above squealing at the marvelling site of these gorgeous four-legged guys.
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