The History of the french bulldog
The French Bulldog originates from England, its ancestor being the English Bulldog, of the toy variety.
Back in the 1800’s, Bulldogs were bred and used for bull-baiting, a blood thirsty sport whereby the dog would bait the bull, biting it when it had opportunity while the bull attempted to snare the dog in its horns and throw it into the air.
In 1835, the Cruelty to Animals Act was established and the sport was banned.
As a result Bulldogs were no longer bred for sport but instead bred as companions.
They were bred with smaller breeds such as Terriers and Pugs which resulted in the Toy Bulldog.
Due to the industrial revolution, many lace workers moved to France taking with them a number of dogs including the Toy Bulldog.
The breed became extremely fashionable in France and eventually was given the name “Bouledogue Francais”.
The French Bulldog is small to medium in size with a stocky muscular frame and a short, smooth coat.
The French Bulldog has a large, square head with eyes set low in the skull and comes in a variety of colours including Brindle, White, Cream and Fawn.
Nickname – Frenchie
FRENCH BULLDOG’S Temperament
French Bulldogs are very intelligent, affectionate dogs with a fun loving temperament. Despite their playful nature, they also love curling up on the sofa with their much loved human. Human contact is extremely important to them.
They are sweet loving, patient companions particularly with children and can adapt quickly to living with other animals however they can be territorial in the presence of other dogs.
French Bulldogs are not known to bark without cause which makes them excellent guard dogs.
French Bulldogs do not require a lot of exercise therefore two short walks a day should usually suffice to maintain a healthy weight.
Ranked 58th in Stanley Coren’s “The Intelligence of Dogs”.
French Bulldogs are the most intelligent of the Bulldog Breeds. They are independent thinkers and can be stubborn, however they are also keen to please their human and as a result can be easily trained if turned into a game.
Average Lifespan: 12 to 14 years.
Susceptible to: Brachycephalic Disorder, Allergens, Spine issues and Eye problems
Due to their stature French Bulldogs struggle to regulate their body temperature. They are prone to heat stroke during hot and humid weather and get cold easily during the winter. Always ensure they have access to water and shade. In winter invest in a dog coat to keep them warm.
Sadly a French Bulldog called Gamin de Pycombe owned by Robert Daniel, was on the Titanic when it sunk in 1912. Daniel bought him in England for £150 which is a whopping £15,777.47 in todays money.
Famous French Bulldogs
and Their Human Companions
Django & Leonardo DiCaprio
Coco Chanel & Reese Witherspoon
Dali & Hugh Jackman
Asia & Lady Gaga
Bruno & Jack Osbourne
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