|The French Bulldog
|A brief history of the French Bulldog a.k.a "Frenchie"
The story of the French Bulldog can largely be summed up by the expression “one man’s trash is
another man’s treasure.” During the mid-1800s, many English lace workers relocated to France to
find work, bringing their English Bulldogs with them. Bulldogs of small “Toy” size and those
possessing pointy bat ears were decidedly unpopular in England, but it was exactly these two
features that made the dogs instantly popular in France. French women sought these undesirable
English Bulldogs as lapdogs, and by the end of the 19th century the Bouledogue Français, as it
had come to be known, was making headway in wealthy French homes. The French Bulldog was
also introduced to the United States around this time. The French Bulldog Club of America was
founded in 1898 and AKC recognition came the very same year.
The French Bulldog found its greatest notoriety during the early 20th century. It was during this time
that the Frenchie became popular with les belles du nuit de Paris (Parisian prostitutes) and the
family of Russia’s Czar Nicholas II. By 1913, the breed had become one of the most popular dogs
in American show rings. It is known that a French Bulldog aboard the Titanic was even ensured for
$750, a colossal sum for the time. Today, the French Bulldog’s popularity has eased back a bit,
but the dog remains a common fixture in the show ring and at home.
The French Bulldog:
To some extent similar to the English Bulldog, but smaller in shape & size.
The most typical distinctive characteristic are the bat, erect Ears.
They should be set high on the head, but not too close together,
broad at the base, elongated, and most importantly with round top.
The Head is large, square, and flat with round dark eyes,
a pug nose, a rounded forehead.
The Body is short, muscular, and heavy boned.
The Skin is soft and fairly loose, making them very pleasant to pet.
The Tail is either straight or a cork-screw.
The French Bulldog is a pleasant, playful, enthusiastic, affectionate companion.
They are bright, easygoing, curious, and alert. They are typically
a one-man or one-woman dog. They get along fairly well
with children, strangers, and other animals, but often bonds
strongly to one person. The French Bulldog needs companionship
and will not thrive without it. They may drool and slobber. Their size makes
them suitable for small apartments, yet they are energetic dogs
that need to be walked regularly. They love to run and play for hours.
This breed is also a ruthless hunter of mice.
They are very willful, but can be trained if the owner is calm, but firm, and patient.
They respond to patient, consistent training that excludes hitting or harsh jerking.
The French Bulldog prefers cooler climates. They should be provided with
extra care in Hot weather. The Frenchie is good for apartment life.
They can be fairly active indoors.
This average shedder needs very little grooming. Regular brushing should suffice.
French Bulldogs are prone to eye and respiratory problems (especially if overweight).
They may wheeze, snore, and be gassy.
About 10-12 years
French Bulldog Standard
(Accepted by the American Kennel Club)
~ active, muscular & heavy boned, smooth coat,
compact build, and medium or small body structure.
~ Sturdy, Compact, and Stocky.
~ should not exceed 28 pounds. ~ 12 inches (30cm)
~ distance from the withers to the ground in good relation to
the distance from withers to onset of the tail, so the animal appears compact,
well balanced, and in good proportion.
~ The Head should be large and square.
~ should be dark in color, wide apart, set low down into the skull, as far from the ears as
Round in form, of moderate size, neither be sunken or bulging.
In lighter colored dogs, lighter colored eyes are acceptable.
~ Known as the Bat Ear, broad at the base, elongated, with round top,
set high on the head, but not too close together.
~ The leather of the ear should be fine and soft.
~ Top should be flat between the ears, the forehead is not flat but slightly rounded.
~ Should be broad, deep, and well laid back. ~ Should have a well defined Stop.
~ The muscles of the cheeks should be well developed.
~ should be black; lighter colored dogs may have lighter colored noses.