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French Bulldog

Bat-eared but uniquely appealing, the French Bulldog has many admirable attributes that have earned it the reputation of being one of the most favored small-dog breeds in the world. Nicknamed the Frenchie, this playful, affectionate dog looks like a miniature bulldog and will win your heart with its humorous and mischievous antics.

It thrives on human companionship and can incredibly adapt to life with children, seniors, couples, or families. Although it does not bark much, it will always alert you to approaching strangers. If you want an excellent watchdog, then this is the breed for you.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Bouledogue Français, Frenchie
  • Colors:Brindle, fawn, tan, brindle & cream, brindle & white
  • Life Expectancy:10-12 years
  • Height:Male: 11-13 in
    Female: 10-11 in
  • Weight:Male: 20-28 lbs
    Female: 16-24 lbs
  • Temperament:Easygoing, keen, patient, sociable
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:Moderate
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Litter Size:3-4 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Low
  • Health Problems:Brachycephalic syndrome, allergies, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, entropion, cherry eye
  • Trainability:Moderately easy
  • Origin:England, France
Black French Bulldog
Blue French Bulldog

French Bulldog’s History: A Timeline

    1835-1850

    Official banning of bull-baiting in England led to the development of non-sporting toy bulldogs

    1850-1860

    Some British lace workers took these toy bulldogs to France, where the dogs gradually attained popularity and were renamed as Bouledogue Français

    1896

    French Bulldogs appeared in a dog show (hosted by the Westminster Kennel Club) for the first time in the US

    1897

    Foundation of the French Bulldog Club of America, with the breed obtaining AKC recognition

    1906

    It became the 5th most popular breed in the US

Brindle French Bulldog
French Bulldog Puppies

Care

Nutrition
Exercise
Grooming
Training

Your Frenchie is prone to obesity, so limit dog treats and table scraps such as cooked bones. If you opt for ready-made meals from stores, buy those that have turkey, chicken, lamb, or beef as the main ingredient, along with rice being the main grain. Blue Buffalo Natural Adult Dry Dog Food and Royal Canin Puppy Chiot French Bulldog are among the better options for your canine friend.

Frenchies are moderately energetic, and they need about 45-60 minutes of activity every day. Take your dog out for short walks and interactive play sessions to help it maintain a healthy weight. However, keep in mind that the French Bulldog is a flat-faced breed, which makes it susceptible to heat exhaustion. Never exercise your dog in hot and humid conditions.

It has a short, smooth coat that sheds regularly but minimally. This means you do not have to put much effort to keep your dog look its best. Brush its coat every week with a rubber mitt or medium-bristle brush to lessen the amount of fur scattered across the floor.

Regularly trim your pooch’s nail to prevent any painful splitting and tearing. Also pay special attention to its facial wrinkles, and keep them clean and dry using paper or microfiber dog towels.

The Frenchies are intelligent, and they love to play. So, if you can keep its training session fun and motivational (by using food rewards), your dog is more likely to respond and cooperate. Expose your pup to strangers and a wide variety of places to help it learn to adapt to different situations. It is also essential to teach your puppy to stay in its crate to keep it from chewing harmful objects or getting into things it shouldn’t when you are not there to supervise.

Merle French Bulldog
Lilac French Bulldog
Grey French Bulldog
Mini French Bulldog

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