About the Breed
History of the Frenchie
In the early 1800s, Normandy lace workers from England set off to find work in France. They took smaller bulldogs to be kept on the farms as companions and to chase away the rats. In these northern French farming communities, the popularity of this hardy dog grew quickly. In fact, established bulldog breeders in England were happy to perpetuate this "new" breed by selling their undersized dogs to the French.
The French Bulldog is widely known as a very fashionable household companion kept by upper class and royalty. One French bulldog, insured for an incredible sum (at that time) of $750, traveled aboard the Titanic.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s the French bulldog was considered a dog of high society; the breed still attracts people who appreciate the finer things in life.
Today as an even-tempered house dog, the French bulldog demands attention and is well-suited for a single person household or family but certainly will compete for attention with other family members.
General Breed Information
Built like a small tank, the French bulldog is a mid-sized member of the non-sporting group. The dog shares the non-sporting group with the Boston terrier and the bulldog, two breeds for which the French bulldog is most often mistaken.
The French bulldog is not simply a miniature bulldog. The most notable characteristic is the "bat" ear, which occurs naturally and is never cropped or altered. Also unique to the breed is the skull, which is flat between the ears. The French bulldog is a compact, muscular dog with a flat, short coat. Colors common to the breed include fawn, white and varieties of brindle.
Personality: The French bulldog is an even-tempered house dog that thrives on attention. In fact, he demands it! This dog is ideal for a single-person household, as he may compete for your attention with other members of the family. The French bulldog generally does not bark a lot, only when he finds real cause for excitement.
Living With: A French bulldog can be happy in any housing environment. This breed is suitable for city life because no large yard is required. He is not meant to be a highly active companion, but he is always willing to go for a brisk walk. The French bulldog does not require a lot of food, and his short coat is easy to keep clean. Facial wrinkles should be cleaned regularly. The Frenchie snorts and snores, but it's all a part of amazing their appeal. The prefer to spend their time in the house, receiving all your attention being the lapdog clown they can be.
At 6 Months
Male: 20-27 lbs.
Female: 18-25 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 12 in.
Female: 11 in.
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
Exercise Requirements: 15-20 minutes a day
Energy Level: Average
Longevity Range: 9-11 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: High
Tendency to Snore: High
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: High
Brachycephalic (squashed face), short bowed legs. Upright ears (naturally)
Colors: Many colors today from traditional AKC standards to rare non-traditional
AKC Classification : Non-Sporting
UKC Classification: Companion Dog