French Bulldog

Written by Susan Gardner. Posted in Dogs

Information

Name: Bouledogue Français
Origin: France, England
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Size: Small
Hypoallergenic: No
The French Bulldog is a very popular companion dog breed. These dogs adorable, goofy looking dogs are very loyal and brave. They always have a curious expression on their faces and while they are small dogs, their strong and muscular bodies make them great guard dogs. French Bulldog Picture French Bulldog Picture Origin The breed is believed to have originated in Nottingham, England in the 19th century. At that time, the English Bulldog was a very popular lap dog, affectionately called the toy Bulldog. The French version was intended as a miniature version of the English Bulldog. After a short while, these miniature bulldogs traveled to France, where they were highly popular and where they got the name of French Bulldogs. While the English were not very happy with the popularity of this name, they eventually had to accept it, even though the breed was clearly developed in England.  French Bulldog Picture French Bulldog Picture Physical description The French Bulldog has a compact body with a broad chest and back and a rib cage shaped as  a barrel. These dogs have broad yet short loins and feature a top line which drops behind the shoulders to the loin and then rises towards the base of the tail. As far as the average size goes, there are two classes of bulldogs. Both classes are about 12 inches tall, but one class weights about 19-22 pounds while the other class weights about 22-28 pounds. All French Bulldogs that weight over 28 pounds are disqualified from dog shows. French Bulldog Picture French Bulldog Picture Personality The French Bulldog is not a very active dog. However, it is very easygoing, lovable and alert. It is a lot less energetic than most small dogs, yet is is quite lively. Just as its face suggests, this dog has a very goofy personality and loves to be in the center of attention, even if that means making a fool of itself. It friendliness extends beyond its family members as this dog is quite happy to meet other animals and even strangers. However, be careful with very small pets which can be confused with rodents as this dog is a fierce mouse hunter. When owning such a dog, you must be very wary of the small dog syndrome. The last thing that you want to do is reward bad behavior, and thus encourage the dog into thinking that it  is the family's alpha male. In order to be good companions, all dogs, need to be trained to be obedient, even the very small ones. Although most French Bulldogs are neat, it is not uncommon for a few of them to drool. French Bulldog Picture French Bulldog Picture Health The dogs have a 11-14 year lifespan. Like all dogs, they are prone to certain diseases such as: Hip Dysplasia, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Allergies, Hemivertebrae, Patellar Luxation, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Von Willebrand's Disease, Cleft Palate, Elongated Soft Palate. Despite the fact that not all dogs develop these conditions, it is best if you are aware of them in…

Characteristics

EASE OF TRAINING
INTELLIGENCE
SHEDDING
KID FRIENDLINESS
ADAPTABILITY
ENERGY LEVEL
EXERCISE NEEDS
GUARDING ABILITIES
WATCHING ABILITIES

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The French Bulldog is a very popular companion dog breed. These dogs adorable, goofy looking dogs are very loyal and brave. They always have a curious expression on their faces and while they are small dogs, their strong and muscular bodies make them great guard dogs.

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Origin

The breed is believed to have originated in Nottingham, England in the 19th century. At that time, the English Bulldog was a very popular lap dog, affectionately called the toy Bulldog. The French version was intended as a miniature version of the English Bulldog. After a short while, these miniature bulldogs traveled to France, where they were highly popular and where they got the name of French Bulldogs. While the English were not very happy with the popularity of this name, they eventually had to accept it, even though the breed was clearly developed in England. 

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Physical description

The French Bulldog has a compact body with a broad chest and back and a rib cage shaped as  a barrel. These dogs have broad yet short loins and feature a top line which drops behind the shoulders to the loin and then rises towards the base of the tail. As far as the average size goes, there are two classes of bulldogs. Both classes are about 12 inches tall, but one class weights about 19-22 pounds while the other class weights about 22-28 pounds. All French Bulldogs that weight over 28 pounds are disqualified from dog shows.

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Personality

The French Bulldog is not a very active dog. However, it is very easygoing, lovable and alert. It is a lot less energetic than most small dogs, yet is is quite lively. Just as its face suggests, this dog has a very goofy personality and loves to be in the center of attention, even if that means making a fool of itself. It friendliness extends beyond its family members as this dog is quite happy to meet other animals and even strangers. However, be careful with very small pets which can be confused with rodents as this dog is a fierce mouse hunter. When owning such a dog, you must be very wary of the small dog syndrome. The last thing that you want to do is reward bad behavior, and thus encourage the dog into thinking that it  is the family’s alpha male. In order to be good companions, all dogs, need to be trained to be obedient, even the very small ones. Although most French Bulldogs are neat, it is not uncommon for a few of them to drool.

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Health

The dogs have a 11-14 year lifespan. Like all dogs, they are prone to certain diseases such as: Hip Dysplasia, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Allergies, Hemivertebrae, Patellar Luxation, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Von Willebrand’s Disease, Cleft Palate, Elongated Soft Palate. Despite the fact that not all dogs develop these conditions, it is best if you are aware of them in order to prevent them. Furthermore, you should only buy the pup from a trustworthy breeder that can provide medical clearances for both of the puppy’s parents. As far as weather tolerance goes, these dogs are very sensitive to extreme temperatures. During the summer, you must be particularly careful as French Bulldogs can suffer from heat stress, which can even lead to death is left untreated. Therefore, if you keep the dog in the yard during the day, make sure to provide it with plenty of shade and fresh water. Furthermore, never, under any circumstance should you leave a dog alone in the car (not even for 5 minutes as you never know what misfortune can delay you).

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Care

Although these dogs are not very active, they do need regular exercise. Furthermore, be very careful not to overfeed a French Bulldog because that can lead to heart strokes. If a misfortune would ever require a surgery, avoid putting the dog under anesthesia because that can lead to breathing complications. Since these dogs have loose skin, which results in wrinkles, it is essential to groom them regularly and clean those wrinkles in order to prevent skin infections.

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Coat

The coat of a French Bulldog is usually short, smooth and moderately fine. The color of the coat is generally either white, fawn or brindle and white. These dogs don’t shed a lot so they don’t require a lot of brushing and cleaning.

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Friendliness

As we mentioned above, these dogs are very friendly with other pets as well as with other people. They also love children, but it is preferred only to leave the dog interact with children who know how to behave around dogs and who are old enough in order to display a firm leadership.

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Ease of training

When it comes to the education of these dogs, training should start when they are about 2 months old. Keep in mind that these dogs can be very stubborn so it is best if you train them by picking their interests rather than forcing them to pay attention. If a certain training method fails, try something new as the natural curiosity of these dogs will make them pay attention to a new training method. Crate training is also a great way of housebreaking French Bulldogs.

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