The French Bulldog, also known as Frenchie, is a solidly built dog with a very sweet temperament. They have a comical personality and are great with all dogs and owners, as long as their small dog syndrome is kept in check.
Where I'm From
The exact origin of the French Bulldog remains somewhat of a mystery. The most popular theory is that they come from the toy-sized English Bulldogs of Southern England.
It is believed that their numbers began to increase in the late 19th Century. During the Industrial Revolution, many British workers were replaced by machines. Forced to migrate into France for employment opportunities, some of these workers brought their toy-sized bulldogs along, as they were fairly easy to transport due to their size.
In France, this Bulldogs were crossed with various other breeds resulting in the Frenchies we know today. The breed was named “Boule-Dog Francais”, and quickly became very popular in cities like Paris.
These cheeky dogs were often associated with the night-life of the city, and began making their way to America and other parts of the globe, when tourists decided to take them back home.
The breeds popularity combined with high tourist numbers in France, meant that it wasn’t long before the breed spread across the globe. Everyone wanted a Frenchie.
In 1897 the ‘French Bulldog Club of America’ became the first breed club for Frenchies. Their popularity then sky-rocketed at the close of the century after a specialty show was held in the deluxe ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria.
What I Look Like
The French Bulldog is a small but muscular and sturdy dog. They tend to weigh between 10-13kg. The feature that characterizes them the most is their bat-like pointy ears.
They also have a very distinct skull shape. It is flat between the ears, and it curves slightly at the front – giving these doggies their trademark dome-like appearance.
Frenchies have small noses, but big and round eyes. They have loose skin, and soft, short hair. The breed comes in a few different colours including brindle, fawn, cream, white, or pied (a mixture of two colours).
They’re often described as “a clown in the cloak of a philosopher”, due to their mischievous attitude hidden behind their sometimes stern face.
How I Act
French Bulldogs are known to be extremely alert dogs. They will let you know whenever there is danger around, making them excellent watch-dogs.
Frenchies are incredibly loyal and are famously affectionate towards people – especially children. They are loving pets who are always eager to please their owners.
Although they have a reputation for having a stubborn nature, proper training will make them behave in quite an easy-going manner. They may appear cute and cuddly but these little guys have big personalities that, if kept un-checked, can result as bad behavior.
Quick to adapt, French Bulldogs can live in almost any type of home – from a big house, to an inner-city flat.
They are also very good travellers, which make them perfect for people who like carting their pets around.
Looking After Me
Luckily, the Frenchie’s short hair means they require minimal grooming. There is no need to trim their fur, but it is still important to wash them every month or so.
They need relatively little exercise. A 15-20min walk every day should be enough for these small dogs. They are not overly active pets; they are more like “lap-warmers”. French Bulldogs are prone to overheating so it is important to keep them cool and never over-exercise them.
Training a French Bulldog requires patience. These stubborn creatures might resist disciple at first, but with time, will learn to follow instructions. It is important to start obedience training as early as possible. The quicker your Frenchie becomes used to people and other dogs, the more comfortable he or she will be around strangers.
Frenchies are a good fit for families with small children – given the kids are aware of responsible pet ownership. These guys like to be cuddled and picked up, but can become snappy if they are frightened.
Because of their flat faces, French Bulldogs are susceptible to Brachycephalic complications. They might start snoring, and have difficultly breathing. They are also prone to allergic reaction, so it is important to keep an eye out for symptoms at all times.
Other health issues related to this breed include eye problems such as cataracts and entropion, hypothyroidism, and Von Willebrand Disease.
Am I the pet for you?
- They will alert their owners of any nearby danger
- Loving and affectionate towards young children
- They remain calm when moved, which makes them great travellers
- Likely to have difficulty breathing
- They overheat easily, so keeping them cool during summer can be a bit of a task
- Can be a bit stubborn at times
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