Don't you just adore the funny little face and giant bat ears of the Frenchie? Does their spunky big dog attitude make you laugh? Are you looking for a little dog with minimal grooming needs and a quiet reputation? Wonderful! French Bulldogs create smiles wherever they go!
The name itself tell us this breed originated from France. Also known as the Frenchie, this breed is derived from the miniature bulldog that English workers brought to France with them when they were seeking better jobs. Once bred with local breeds, this little bulldog exploded into the socialite's circles until, eventually, owning a Frenchie was a fashionable status signal. The Rockefellers and Morgans were among the many wealthy families to own a Frenchie, despite the steep price tag - $3,000 for a puppy at the turn of the century, which equates to roughly $35,000 in 2013! (YIKES!) Today, French Bulldogs are still highly expensive, often being sold for $3,000 - $5,000 dollars.
Although bred as a Companion Dog, this breed is often considered a Bully Breed too. As a close relative of the English Bulldog, Frenchies have a definite stubborn streak that can make training difficult. Patience and consistency are essential for proper training.
Bat Dog to the Rescue!
WHOA, get a load of those BAT EARS!! This is definitely the physical characteristic that the breed is best known for and one that turns many potential dog owners onto this breed. Besides the ears though, Frenchies have large, square heads with a short, upturned nose. Their coat is short and fine with just a few color variations, including black, brindle, fawn, white, or brindle/black and white.
The French Bulldog is a small build dog, reaching a height of 10 - 12 inches and weight of 18 - 28 pounds. They are a muscular and stocky little dog.
Who's the Boss?
As a companion breed, Frenchies tend to pick one favorite person in the family to bond with. They're known as an affectionate and intelligent breed, though, as I mentioned above, they can also be very stubborn.
French Bulldogs are NOT for the passive personality! They need an individual that can take charge and lead the way, or this little bulldog will gladly become the new boss of your home. Unfortunately, dogs with this "boss" complex can become aggressive, so early and proper socialization at a young age is imperative.
The Frenchie's activity level is considered low, meaning they're a breed that enjoys just lying around or going for short 10-15 minute walks throughout the day. But don't let that "Low" activity level fool you! French Bulldog puppies are as rambunctious and busy-bodied as any dog out there! It's only as they grow into adulthood that you'll notice them beginning to settle down.
The Frenchie is definitely NOT a "Water" dog. Their large and heavy head can easily pull them forward towards the water, making swimming difficult and drowning a definite possibility. If you travel often, you may have some trouble bringing your Frenchie along for the trip. They've been banned from flying certain commercial airlines due to their short and flat nose, which can cause breathing issues and makes them vulnerable to heatstroke. Therefore, special care should be taken in extreme heat conditions.
As you begin looking for a French Bulldog, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
And on a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
What do you think? Are you sold yet on that adorable little face?
Dog Bible, Edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe, 2005