Contrary to popular belief, the French Bulldog hails from Nottingham, England, where it was the breed choice of lace makers and craftsmen in the city. Used to hunt and kill vermin in the workplace, the Bulldog was portable enough in size to be transported back and forth from house to factory, making it both convenient and versatile. With the Industrial Revolution, demand for the specialised work of artisans diminished in favour of mechanical production, forcing many lace makers to seek employment in France. Arriving with their small dogs in the 1860s, the French immediately took to the Bulldog and attributed 'French' to the beginning of its name. Popular amongst the artistic and eccentric of Parisian city dwellers, the French Bulldog grew in favour, retaining its name on its return to England as well as its concrete reputation.
A compact dog of reduced proportions, the breed boasts several distinctive features, including a broad, well-defined muzzle, prominent eyes, upright, bat-like ears and a straight or corkscrew tail. The coat is typically short and loose-fitting, common in colour variations of cream, brindle, fawn, black and white, usually with piebald or spotted markings. A descendent of the Toy Bulldog, the breed falls within the 'utility' branch of canines, sharing its classification with non-sporting breeds including the Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.
Despite its bullish appearance, the breed possesses a steady and easy temperament, displaying loyalty and devotion towards its master and family, whilst acting fearlessly to safeguard its loved ones in the event of perceived threat. Compatible with children and other house pets, providing they demonstrate the same gentleness, the French Bulldog is well suited to the home setting, making a great addition to active or relaxed family life. Typically, a fully grown French Bulldog will weigh 9-13 kg, with a life expectancy of roughly 10-12 years.
Optical disorders and cherry eye are particularly common with the French Bulldog, as are skin infections and breathing difficulties. Ensuring a balanced diet is administered is essential and feeding human foods is not recommended as the Bulldog gains weight easily, which can be detrimental to its general health and happiness. Spinal defects and joint and heart disease are documented in the breed, as well as heat stroke and intolerance.
I have a 6 month old french bulldog called Hudson. He is the easiest puppy to look after. He was house trained by 3 months old, never whines and hardly ever barks. He sleeps a lot, but also loves to play and go on long walks. He likes to be with us all the time when were at home, but is happy to be left on his own for a few hours so he can sleep a bit more!! They are very affectionate dogs and great fun to be around.
We have a 10 month old Frenchie called Bob. We got him when he was 12 weeks old and can't imagine life without him.
He has a wonderful temperament and everyone who meets him falls in love with him, we've had so many offers to doggy sit we've lost count! He loves people and children and loves to snuggle up on the sofa with you. He sleeps alot! He has been really easy to train and we've found to keep it fun and simple for him as Frenchies can get stubborn. He likes walks but not for too long and prefers to play indoors. We do leave him for a few hours in his cage and he is fine and he also sleeps in his cage over night as he does snore VERY loud. He rarely barks, only when he's playing or if the door knocks.
The only downside is they do have quite smelly flatulence! BUT you put up with it because everything else about them is wonderful
My frenchie princess is 20 months, she is loveable & loves a fuss & people, loves her walks, never runs off. She so makes us laugh with her funny ways, a proper clown. She's a loud snorer & farts alot, plus suffers with allergies and ear problems, but love her to bits, they make the best companions, just so friendly & pleased to see you, would deffo have more.
I have always owned standard poodles or Rottweilers, Bertie my frenchie has a bit of both, makes me laugh (poodle) close company (rottie) we are both smitten with him and only had him 4months
I have a two year old French Bulldog called Reggie. He is the most loving, gentle and well mannered dog especially with my 1 year old little boy. He hardly barks and just loves to be part of the family. You can sit and cuddle him like a baby!
He can be mischievous and boisterous at times and loves to steal things for a chase. He could play with his tennis ball and go on walks for hours. But he also loves his quiet time and snoozes. He is the perfect family dog. Apart from how much he sheds. He is one hairy little beast :-)
Frankie is an utter plonker. Runs off when he's outside and leaps on any visitors. He barks a lot and took 10 months to house train. He has allergies and frequent eye problems. He wants to play 24/7 and is hugely needy of attention. Despite all that he's hilarious and so so pleased to see me all the time. He's really bad mannered with other dogs and people but really tolerant of my little daughter and my grumpy cat. He has pluses and minuses but I love him to bits. Oh and he sheds loads and has a very windy bottom as well as snoring so loud you can't hear the tv. Lol
My wife and I have seven dogs, one of which is her Frenchie, Daisy. All of our dogs are great, but Daisy is amazing! She has worked at charity events, primary schools and a dementia unit, because her temperament is so steady she is excellent with people of all ages. She has a way of making people feel better and special, and instinctively knows when she needs to be extra gentle. She is extraordinarily faithful to my wife, whose side she never leaves. Obviously not every dog in a breed will be the same, but Frenchie's really do make brilliant pets.