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The French Bulldog is among the most popular dog breeds due to their low maintenance and ability to adapt in an apartment or home and live with individuals or families. What makes this dog so lovable? We’ll go over the characteristics of this dog and what make them a favorite among pet parents.
The History of French Bulldogs
The French Bulldog came from England and was officially recognized in 1898 by the AKC. There is some disagreement about where this dog originated, but the popular idea is that this breed came from a dwarf version of the Bulldog crossed with a Pug and Terrier. Did you know that this breed cannot reproduce naturally? Due to their narrow hips, weak hind legs and heavy build on top male Frenchies are unable to mount females, so they must be artificially inseminated. Also, because of the breed’s large head and small hips, often the mother needs a c-section, which makes breeding expensive.
The French Bulldog’s Appearance
There are three distinct characteristics of the French Bulldog’s appearance. The most obvious physical attribute is the bat ears that point straight up. The bat ears were originally going to be bred out of the breed and replaced with a droopy, rose ear, which would’ve been a mini English bulldog. American Fanciers objected to this, which we’re happy about because we think their ears are adorable. The third blatant physical characteristic is their wrinkly, smushy faces, which gives this breed a cute older look even as a puppy. This breed stands between 11 and 13 inches tall and weighs less than 28 pounds.
How Healthy Are French Bulldogs?
French Bulldogs have an average lifespan of 11-13 years. It’s important to take your Frenchie to the vet regularly for checkups and vaccines. Be sure to clean your dog’s teeth at home regularly and have the vet do regular dental checkups as well. Due to their short faces, their breathing is less efficient than a long nosed dog, which makes them less tolerant of exercise and heat. During the hot summer months, you should try to keep your dog inside where it’s cool and avoid excess activity. Don’t walk at too quick of a pace with this dog, or you’ll stress their bodies too much. If your dog’s breathing becomes noisy or is spitting up foam, it’s possible the pup may be overheated. Contact your vet to find out how to best help your dog. (It may be best to ask this ahead of time during a checkup, so you are prepared in case this happens.) Anesthesia is less friendly for short-faced dogs, so make sure your vet is familiar with Frenchies and how they should be anesthetized in the event that your dog has a serious medical issue. Due to its dwarf size, the spine is also prone to abnormal vertebrae.
The Temperament of French Bulldogs
Frenchies are known for their affectionate and playful ways. This breed is incredibly loyal and excellent at cuddling up on your lap. Training this breed is important to help them live a civilized life. Frenchies have big personalities and need to be taught to walk on a lead, heel, stay, and other commands to keep them under control. To help with training, it’s recommended to motivate them with none other than food. Overall French Bulldogs are great companions for individuals as well as families. The dog does great around other pets, but don’t leave your Frenchie alone for too long because he’ll miss you terribly. Also, although this is a small sized dog, this breed is not a yappy breed so you shouldn’t get calls from your neighbors complaining of your dog barking.
Exercising French Bulldogs
Frenchies are not very active and need little exercise. They are not very athletic, so a quick walk can help keep them trim. It’s not recommended to walk French Bulldogs on hot, humid days because of their short noses. Another thing to know is that this breed is unable to swim because it is so top heavy.
How Smart Are French Bulldogs?
French Bulldogs can be stubborn and require a little more patience during training, which is why we recommend having their favorite treat nearby. However, this breed is eager to please and incredibly smart. This breed is excellent at alerting you of danger, which is why they serve as great watchdogs. Check out the video below of this 12-week old Frenchie and all the tricks he knows!
Should You Get a French Bulldog?
If you love lap dogs, adorable snorting and pushed in faces, then the French Bulldog is a great breed for you. However, if you want a dog you can run with or throw the frisbee with for extended periods of time, you may want to consider other breeds. If you want to learn more about French Bulldogs, take a look at our interviews with Manny the Frenchie, Sir Charles Barkley and Lentil Bean.
What do you love most about the French Bulldog?