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French Bulldog


French Bulldog



It was around 1850 -1860 that English Lacemakers of Nottingham left for France to continue their trade and took with them their "toy" or miniature British Bulldogs because of the dog's compact size, companionship and ratting abilities. They were then bred with local French dogs to produce the French Bulldog. The French style breed became popular in England in the 1900's and then in America as Americans in Paris fell in love with them and took them home. The French Bulldog continues to be a much sought after breed, and availability is limited, so be prepared to wait.



These courageous and intelligent dogs are quite robust and can be very clownish making them excellent playmates with children.  Not a very yappy dog and said to make great watchdogs these hardy little dogs will stand their ground if confronted by unfamiliar people. The French Bulldog is bred solely as a companion dog and just thrives on lots of love and attention.



Height:   30cm (12in)

Weight:  10-15kg (23-33lb),

Similar to the Bulldog, the face of the 'Frenchie' is flattened although not as much, with the biggest difference being the ears which stand stiffly upright with the edges curved slightly forward and are held erect by cartilage which begins to stiffen at 10 days of age.  Their colouring consists of brindle (which can have white but is mostly brindle), pied (mostly white), and fawn.



As their coat rarely sheds, minimal grooming is required using a soft brush or mitten brush to remove loose hairs.


Life Expectancy

12-14 Years


Health Concerns

Being a flat faced breed, they are prone to heat stress and breathing problems, therefore it is imperative that they be kept cool during hot weather.  Among some of their other potential health problems is a weakness in the back which can be aggravated by the dog jumping down from furniture, particularly when young, luxating patellas (dislocating knee joints) and soft palate problems in some lines.



Making excellent house pets due to their compact size, gentle nature and shedding only small amounts of hair. These dogs however are quite happy to just live in a flat with minimal exercise even though daily walks are a great way to maintain the dog's fitness but should not be exercised in the heat of the day.   Care should be taken around any type of water because of their physique French Bulldogs don¬ít know how to swim making a fenced suburban backyard ideal for their safety. A great watchdog and thriving on human companionship making them really ideal for retirees, apartment dwellers, families and singles who have time to devote to a dog.

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