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French Bulldog

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French Bulldog

The French Bulldog's coat is short, soft, and smooth. The acceptable show colors are brindle, fawn, white, and combinations of brindle or fawn with white. Tan, mouse, solid black, liver and black and white are undesirable for the show ring. The broad, flat head should be square-shaped with a short, flat muzzle. The face should be wrinkled and the forehead round. The slightly undershot jaw should be turned up a little. The round, wide set eyes should be dark in color and the round, high set ears should be carried erect. The well arched neck is powerful with loose skin at the throat. The chest is deep; wide in the front and narrow in the back. The backend sits higher than the front and the dog should seem pear-shaped with the shoulders wider than the tail area. The muscular front legs should be straight and set wide. The back legs should be strong, muscular and longer than the front legs. The small feet should be well knuckled and the back feet should be longer than the front. The tail should be set low and either straight or in a cork screw. The tail should never curl over the back. When showing French Bulldogs, they must not weigh more than 28 pounds or they will be disqualified.

Temperament French Bulldogs have an overall sweet temperament. They are playful, bright, easygoing, alert, extremely affectionate and absolutely hilarious. This breed is very loyal and usually bond strongly to a single person. They also get along with strangers and other animals. They are usually not aggressive; however, some males might be slightly so. They are possessive with their owners and do not appreciate other dogs in the home. They will tolerate well-behaved or older-children, although they must be supervised since they have a tendency to become snippy. This breed needs to be a part of family life. They get jealous when they don't get attention and when left alone for long periods of time can be destructive. Some lines in the breed drool and slobber but others do not. This breed is particularly good for elderly people since they are clean, quiet and affectionate. They are also a great hunter of mice.
Height, Weight Height: 12"
There are two weight classes of French Bulldogs:
19-22 lbs. and 22-28 lbs.
Health Problems As with most flat-muzzle dogs, this breed is prone to eye and breathing problems. They tend to snore, wheeze and are a bit gassy. Some say this breed cannot swim so be careful near water. Females of this breed tend to need a Cesarean section in order to give birth. Owners should expect high Vet bills with this breed.
Living Conditions French Bulldogs will do okay in an apartment. They prefer cooler temperatures and overheat easily.
Exercise Do not exercise this breed in hot weather as they overheat easily and can suffer from heatstroke. They love to play and run.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom requiring regular brushing. They are average shedders.
Origin The French Bulldog actually originated from England and was developed as a smaller version of the Bulldog. In the 1860s, these dogs were imported by breeders to France and bred with French Terriers. Their name was then changed to 'French Bulldog'. This breed first appeared in England in 1893 and their presence caused an uproar. The English were upset about the breed's name. They disliked 'French' since the bulldog was developed in England and the traditional symbol of English culture. In 1905, the Kennel Club started registering the breed as Bouledogue Francais. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Companion Dog