Breed Organization French Bulldog Club of America Website:
http://www.frenchbulldogclub.org Native Country France Other Names Bouledogue Francais, Frenchie Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size 2-5 Puppies Breed Group AKC Non-Sporting
Breed Appearance The French Bulldog is a sturdy, compact, stocky
little dog, with a large square head that has a rounded forehead.
Breed Description Head: Very strong, wide, angular with
folds and wrinkles. Wide, nearly flat skull. Well-domed foreface.
Very pronounced stop. Short, blunt foreface. Nosebridge with
concentric folds. Wide, turned-up nose. Thick, black lips. Wide,
angular, powerful jaws. Moderate underbite. Ears: Straight, medium-sized, broad at the base and rounded at
the tip (bat ears). Eyes: Round, fairly large, slightly protruding, dark. Edge of
eyelids is black. Body: Compact, very muscular. Topline rising gradually to the
loin. Short neck without dewlap. Slightly open, cylindrical brisket.
Barrel-shaped ribs. Short loin. Tuck-up. Slanting croup. Broad back. Tail: Naturally short, thick at the base, screw or straight,
tapering toward the tip. Hair: Close-lying, dense, glossy, and soft. Coat: Brindle: fawn with vertical black stripes or streaks. A
combination of black and chestnut hairs. A minimal amount of white
on the chest and head is allowed. - White and brindle, or skewbald:
brindle with predominant patching. White ground with brindle
markings. A solid white coat is categorized as skewbald. Size: 25 to 35 cm. (10-14 in). Weight: 8 to 14 kg. (17.5-31 lb).
History The French Bulldog is thought to be descended
from the Tibetan or Asian Mastiff. After giving rise to the
Macedonian Mastiff, the Asian Mastiff was probably imported to
England by the Phoenicians. Crosses with various terriers gradually
reduced the breed's size. When the breed appeared in France around
1850, it already had certain similarities to today's French Bulldog.
Subsequent crosses with the Pug and other breeds contributed to
today's model. Prized ratters, French Bulldogs were kept by the
butchers of La Villette in Paris and served as bodyguards to
Pantin's bums (Paris's suburbs) . The standard for the breed was set
around 1898. After a period of decline, the French Bulldog is now
Behavior Active, bold, strong-willed, and tough, the
French Bulldog is a good watchdog. Very affectionate, intelligent,
and good-natured, he makes a delightful pet who needs lots of love
and attention. He is gentle with children but fairly aggressive with
other dogs. He requires firm and early but gentle, persuasive
Health French Bulldogs are prone to joint diseases,
spinal disorders, heart defects and eye problems. Dams often have to
deliver pups by cesarean section, because pups have relatively large
heads. They often have respiratory problems. They tend to wheeze and
snore and have trouble in hot weather. Prone to heatstroke. An
overweight Frenchie may have trouble breathing, because of a swollen
abdomen. Do not overfeed this breed. Putting them under anesthesia
is risky because of their breathing issues. French Bulldogs are high
maintenance and potential owners need to be aware that their vet
bills may be high.
Advice The ideal city dog, he adapts well to apartment
life. During walks, he must be taught not to pull on the leash, or
he may develop a poor gait. He hates being separated from his owner.
He needs daily brushing during the shedding season, as well as a
bath every two months. His eyes and the folds on his face need