Playful, affectionate, and exceptionally good natured, the French Bulldog, or "Frenchie," is bred primarily as a companion pet. But Frenchies also make good watchdogs. Compact and muscular, with a small to medium build, they are a good choice for small living spaces. Frenchies are highly trainable and intelligent, and are happiest when close to their human family.
They are excellent with children and compatible with other pets. They desire alot of attention from their loved ones.
- HISTORY/ORIGIN: Speculations abound on the origin of the French Bulldog. The most popular opinion is that the breed originated from the miniature, or toy, Bulldog brought to France by the Nottingham lace workers during the industrial revolution and economic crisis in England. Others believe the French Bulldog descended from the Chincha Bulldog, which lived in ancient Peru. The French Bulldog first appeared in the U.S. in 1896 at the Westminster Kennel Club's show in New York, and was first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1898 in the non-sporting dog group. Britain accepted the breeds club membership in 1912.
- HEIGHT: 11 - 13 in.
- WEIGHT: 22 - 28 lbs.
- COLORS: Brindle, pied, or fawn
- COAT: Short, smooth, close and finely textured.
- TEMPERAMENT: Good-natured; excellent with children; compatible with other pets.
- CARE AND EXERCISE: Teeth and nails should be tended to regularly. Daily rub down of his coat with a rough cloth. Minimal exercise is needed.
- HEALTH ISSUES: Because of his short nose he tends to snore and has some breathing problems. Heat stroke, eye injuries and skin problems.
- CATEGORY: Non-Sporting
- REGISTRIES: UCA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC (GB), UKC
- LIVING ENVIRONMENT: Indoor