The French Bulldog breed falls into the small-medium category. This breed is also nicknamed Frenchie and is one of the most popular breeds. French Bulldogs make for great companions and are typically family dogs. Their small size makes them also adaptable in apartments. French Bulldogs are playful dogs who love spending time with their owners and family members. They have a muscular appearance and a short wrinkled snout. French Bulldogs' ears are their distinct identity because of their triangular shape and the way they stand erect on their heads. They have short coats with smooth fur which sheds moderately and can be easily groomed.
French Bulldogs have a calm and friendly temperament and make for great pets in families that have kids and even seniors. They are very attached to their humans and like to be constantly around them. French Bulldogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family members and have a playful nature as well. They also enjoy getting acquainted with other animals and people if you train them well. They only bark when it is necessary and make for excellent watchdogs.
Nothing is quite certain about the origin of this small bulldog. The French claim them as a national breed, the English consider them to be a descendant of the British Bulldog. The latter landed in France in 1850s with Lace makers from Nottingham, who crossed Normandy, taking small bulldogs with them.
French Bulldogs have a small, proportioned, and muscular body. They have wrinkles on their face and snout and the skin around their shoulders folds. They have large, round eyes that are usually dark in colour. French Bulldog’s bat-like ears are their trademark and they never droop on their heads. Their mouths are small and their nose flat. These dogs are also nicknamed ‘frog dogs’ because they lie down with their hind legs spread out like frogs. Their tails are short and shaped like a corkscrew which often remains coiled on the rear end. A French Bulldog’s coat comes in a variety of colours, namely -
Their coats also display a wide range of markings like -
Their skull is dome-shaped and their neck can be distinctly seen unlike in other dog breeds. They do not have a lot of fur on their underbelly. They also stand with their hind legs a little far apart from their forelimbs.
If you want to adopt a purebred French Bulldog or want to know how to identify one, here are some of its classic characteristics -
French Bulldogs’ temperament is calm and they are happy, gentle and friendly canines. One thing a French Bulldog loves very much is napping! They are always relaxed but at the same time, they love playing and spending time outdoors. They can also be your partners-in-crime but you will have to establish boundaries with them through training. You need to train them thoroughly before introducing them to other animals. They love showering love on their owners and are very attached to the family they are adopted in. Their calmness should not be mistaken for their aloofness, French Bulldogs are keen-eyed and alert. They will not bark unnecessarily but will draw your attention to anything they find suspicious. They can tolerate being alone for a short while but not for long hours. These dogs experience separation anxiety if left alone.
Here’s more information on French Bulldogs that you should know if you are thinking of adopting one:
Despite the breed’s name, French Bulldog’s origin can be traced back to England. These dogs are relatives of the English Bulldog. Lacemakers in Nottingham bred toy dogs to keep rats away from the small quarters where they worked. When the Industrial Revolution reached its pinnacle, the lacemakers’ labour was replaced by machines and they had to move to France where laces were still made by hand. French people adored the small dogs who came with these workers. After years of crossbreeding, the French Bulldog was born and the French loved these little canines a very much. This is how the typical bat-eared French Bulldog came into being. There was a lot of controversy on whether the bat-ears were the true mark of a pure Frenchie and eventually it was proved true as well.
Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Jackman, Hilary Duff, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Lady Gaga, Eva Longoria, Travis Barker and Dwayne Johnson are some celebrities who are French Bulldog owners.
Yes, with proper training and socializing, French Bulldogs get along with other pets.
Yes, a French Bulldog is a good family dog and makes for great first-time pets as well. They also get along with children and seniors.
French Bulldogs can remain alone for a short while, but they do not cope well with prolonged separation.
French Bulldogs require frequent bathing due to its smooth coat in order to ensure healthy skin and coat.
No, French Bulldogs do not unnecessarily bark and make noise. They only bark when they see something suspicious.
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