About French Bulldogs...
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Often described as "a clown in the cloak of a philosopher," the French Bulldog originated as, and continues to be used as a companion dog. The breed is small and muscular with heavy bone structure, a smooth coat, a short face and trademark "bat" ears. Prized for their affectionate natures and even dispositions, they are generally active and alert, but not unduly boisterous.Frenchies come in a variety of colors and patterns
A Look Back at Frenchie History
Lacemakers in 19th Century Nottingham, England selectively bred the early bulldog for a downsized or "toy" bulldog, for use as a lap pet. When the Industrial Revolution displaced some lacemakers to France, many took the dogs with them, and soon the "toy" bulldogs became popular in France, especially amongst artists, authors and "ladies of the night." who kept them as companions.
Their cuteness and antics quickly become popular with many of Europe's well-to-do, as well (probably as a result of those who kept company with the artists, authors and ladies of the night) so clearly Frenchies understood a thing or two about keeping good company and having a good time -- even back then! Soon after, and during the late 1800's, they became referred to as "Bulldouge Francais" or French Bulldog.
Later when wealthy Americans doing the "Grand Tour" saw and fell in love with them they made their way to America. In fact, sadly a French Bulldog belonging to a millionaire went down on the Titanic. Other famous early admirers included King Edward VII, the daughters of Tzar Nicholas as well as authors including the notorious Colette and Radclyffe Hall who bred them. Many Frenchies can be found in paintings,including those of Toulouse-Loutrec. Today, Frenchies continue to be popular amongst dog fanciers world-wide, many Frenchies can be found "living the good life" with numerous American celebrities including Martha Stewart and The Rock.Their popularity continues to grow year after year.
Originally the Frenchie had a Rose Ear, which is slightly folded at the top, similar to that of the English Bulldog, however their trademark "Bat Ears" were bred into the standard and eventually The Toy Bulldog, or French Bulldog/Bulldogue Francais was (grudgingly) accepted into their own group.
Right Breed for You?
Frenchies are indoor dogs who require air conditioning in warm weather, plus a "jacket" and heating in cool weather. Frenchies are brachycephalic, meaning they have a shortened skull and lack a long muzzle (like a Beagle or Greyhound) which acts as their main form of cooling. For this reason they are prone to heat stroke and are intolerant to heavy exercise. Frenchies require close monitoring of their temperature when outside. Even simple situations, like the air conditioning malfunctioning, has been known to cause tragedies in hotter or humid climates.
While good at alerting their owners to danger (Look! The UPS Guy is coming!), their main role is that of lap warmer. They were bred to be companion dogs and take that role seriously. A Frenchie wants to be with you as much as possible.
The Frenchie requires minimal exercise and grooming, but Frenchies do shed. We give ours a good brushing with a shedding blade weekly plus a vacuuming (they love to be vacuumed!). Including additional Omega 3 in their diets helps with the shedding, as well.
French Bulldogs are wrinkly with skin folds on their faces which require consistent, on-going attention and maintenance. Additionally, the inside of their ears require on-going monitoring, as well as they can be susceptible to ear yeast infections.
This is a high maintenance breed that requires a premium diet and an owner that is interested and able to care for their unique needs for their 10-12 year (average) lifespan. When considering a French Bulldog as a companion an ounce of prevention is worth ten pounds of cure.
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