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French Bulldog Dog Breed

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companion, Mastiff (Bulldog)

Area of origin:


Original function:

lap dog

Average size of male:

Ht: 11-13, Wt: <28

Average size of female:

Ht: 11-13, Wt: <28

Other names:

Bouledogue Francais

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    Cold tolerance

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    Heat tolerance

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French Bulldog Dog Temperament

The French Bulldog is a clown in a lap dog. He enjoys playing and entertaining his family, as well as cuddling and snoozing with his favorite person. He is amiable, sweet, companionable and willing to please.

French Bulldog Dog Care

The Frenchie has minimal exercise requirements, although he is a fun-loving dog. He enjoys a romp outdoors, but doesn't do well in hot, humid weather. Most cannot swim. A short walk on lead is sufficient to meet most of his physical needs. This breed should not live outdoors. The Frenchie snores and may wheeze and drool. He requires minimal coat care, but his facial wrinkles should be regularly cleaned.

French Bulldog Dog Health

Major concerns: stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, intervertebral
disc degeneration, hemivertebrae
Minor concerns: CHD, patellar luxation, entropion
Occasionally seen: distichiasis, cataract, deafness
Suggested tests: hip, spine, knee, eye
Life span: 9-11 years
Note: This breed does not tolerate heat well and may be sensitive to

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Interested in the history of the French Bulldog dog breed?

In the 19th century, the Bulldog was fairly popular in England, especially around Nottingham. Some of these Bulldogs were quite small, weighing less than 25 pounds. When many of the lace workers of the region went to France for work in the mid-1800s, they took their toy Bulldogs with them. The French women, especially, were attracted to these little bulldogs, especially those with erect ears (a common but disliked feature in England). Dog dealers brought more of the clownish little dogs to France, where they soon became the rage of Paris. The dogs were dubbed Bouledogue Francais. French breeders sought to consistently produce the erect 'bat ears', much to the chagrin of English breeders. By the late 1800s, the breed had caught the attention of the upper class and had moved into some of the finer homes in France. Around this same time, American visitors to France brought several back to America and began to breed the dogs in earnest. Amid continued controversy over which ear type was correct, an American club was formed and, in 1898, it sponsored one of the most elegant dog shows (just for French Bulldogs) ever held. The gracious setting attracted wealthy spectators, and the Frenchie soon conquered America. Their popularity among high society soared, and by 1913 they were among the most popular show dogs in America. The breed has since been passed by many others in popularity, but it still boasts some of the most elite and ardent fans in dogdom.

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