A natural entertainer with a big heart, the French Bulldog has exploded in popularity in recent years.
What kind of temperament does the French Bulldog have?
Personality: Imagine an enormous pair of bat ears and a flat, monkey-like face with shiny shoe-button eyes atop the sleek, muscular physique of a little canine bodybuilder. Roll all of this into the friendliest package possible, add a dash of stubbornness and now you have a French Bulldog, or a Frenchie as they are often called.
As well as their versatility, the root of the French Bulldog’s success is in their character. Vivacious without being boisterous, these are fun-loving dogs.
If a dog that will jog for miles or be an obedience star is what you are looking for, a French Bulldog is not for you. But if you want a charming little companion with a whimsical sense of humor, the Frenchie will suit you perfectly. All a Frenchie really needs is someone to love and to be their “special person”.
Lifestyle: French Bulldogs are a good fit for modern lifestyles, they are a lovely size, they fit into any size household and they don’t cost lot to feed or look after. French Bulldogs come in a a variety of colours and their short coats guarantee them to be virtually wash and go. Their small to medium size allow them to be the perfect apartment dog, yet many French Bulldogs enjoy the life of a country dog.
Is The Frenchie an athlete or a couch potatoe?
French Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed. This means they have short, flat faces and very short noses. It is very easy for a Frenchie to overheat quickly with deadly results. If you’re looking for a jogging partner, a French Bulldog is not for you. Bursts of energetic play or a stroll will keep them happy.
– due to their cobby body shape most French Bulldogs cannot swim. Care must be taken when walking near any deep water.
How well Does The French Bulldog Get on with everyone else?
Children: The Frenchie’s easygoing temperament makes them an excellent children’s companion. They will take a measure of poking and prodding, but they are not Golden Retrievers. At some point, they will try to get away from the children if the attention gets too much.
To be fair to both the dog and the children, do not leave your dog unattended with young children. Of course, you should never leave a toddler unattended with a dog of any breed.
Older People: French Bulldogs also make wonderful companions for the elderly or disabled. They seem to intuitively know to scale their energy level to accommodate the person they are with. Many French Bulldogs are involved in therapy work.
Other Animals: Most Frenchies will get along famously with other dogs and even cats (especially if they are raised together). Sometimes you will encounter a Frenchie that does not care for other dogs; in this case, it is best to listen to what they are telling you. Do not force them to “play nice” with other dogs.
The tough little Frenchie does’nt always realize they are a small dog and may not behave appropriately around much bigger dogs. Most big dogs are benevolent enough to ignore a little 20 something pound French Bulldog, but some are not. Exercise caution when introducing your Frenchie to other playmates of all sizes!
What are the main health concerns that Frenchie owners should look out for?
Health: The French Bulldog is generally a healthy breed and can enjoy life into its teens, but some conditions are known.
• Brachycephalic airway syndrome: Being a short-faced breed, the French Bulldog’s compact airways can lead to breathing difficulties. The condition can be managed but may require surgery. Look for pups and parents with open nostrils and ask the owners if the parents snore, which many people will say is part of their charm, but can be a sign they are suffering from brachycephalic airway syndrome.
• Overheating problems: As with many brachycephalic breeds, Frenchies struggle to regulate their own body temperature. They enjoy the warmth but owners need to make sure fresh water and shade are always available – and that their dogs use them. The problems that being brachycephalic bring can be difficult.
Because of these health concerns, Frenchies suit owners with slightly more experience. If you are new to dog ownership then you might want to consider some wonderful dog breeds that are ideally suited to novice owners
• Cataracts: This is a clouding of the lens of the eye. French Bulldogs are susceptible to hereditary cataracts due to a mutant gene. The gene is recessive so a puppy will only be affected if it is passed to him by his mother and father.
How easy is it to look after and care for your French Bulldog?
Grooming: the coat needs grooming once a week. It is important to pay attention to facial wrinkles, ears, and the area around the base of the tail as they need to be kept clean and not allowed to dry out.
Training: Frenchies are intelligent and naturally want to please, but they are free thinkers so kind but firm direction can be needed sometimes if you want your dog to be obedient. They do have an endearing mischievous side. Frenchies can be a bit stubborn when it comes to housetraining – but be patient , they will catch on.
What kind of person gets on best with a Frenchie?
The ideal French Bulldog owner is relaxed, easygoing, and loves to spend a lot of time with their Frenchie pal. Not a dog for hikers, joggers, extreme temperatures or being kept home alone.
Quiet and friendly, Frenchies are often a great choice for senior citizens and young families.
French Bulldog Breed History
As you would expect, the French Bulldog is a descendant of the Bulldog which was an extremely popular breed in England during the early 1800s. some of these Bulldogs started to become bred ever smaller out of a desire by female lace makers to take small dogs to work with them as companions. With the Industrial Revolution came change, even for breeds of dogs. Many lace workers were forced out of work by the advent of machines that could make lace, and they had to look elsewhere for jobs.
By the mid-1800s, many English lace workers had emigrated to France and they took their Toy Bulldogs with them. There they crossed the little Bulldogs with Pugs and different types of terriers. Thus began the French Bulldog as we know it today. The breed was very different from today’s Frenchie, and they would be considered coarse by today’s standard, varying widely in appearance.
These little dogs caught the fancy of the French, and the demand for them skyrocketed. The bouledogues francais, as they were called in France, became the darling of the streetwalkers of that time. As often happens, fashion travels from the streets to high society, and the French Bulldog became all the rage among France’s elite. A French Bulldog was a much prized status symbol of the time.
To accommodate the need for more of the little dogs, breeders crossed Pugs and terriers with the Toy Bulldogs. Their characteristics are evident in the softer rounder eye of the Pug and the more alert attitude of the terriers. Many Frenchies to this day are excellent mousers.
As breed trends have changed over the past decade, smaller, short-haired breeds seem to have taken centre stage. The French Bulldog is no exception; the breed has become one of the most popular in the USA
From relative obscurity to one of the nation’s favourite breeds, the rise of the French Bulldog has been meteoric. Since 2005 the number of registrations has increased nearly 3,000 per cent!
After catapulting itself into the AKC’s top 20 breeds for the first time in 2012, the breed has continued to rise and was the fourth most registered breed last year, behind only the Labrador, Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.
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