French Bulldog Information
The French Bulldog is quickly rising in the ranks of most popular dogs. Their adorable squeezed and wrinkly face is winning over legions of fans who also appreciate their affectionate and playful nature, especially with kids and other pets. They are also great for busy pet owners since they don’t require much exercise or grooming.
While the exact origin of the French Bulldog is unknown, experts think it must have descended from the English Bulldog and was likely the toy variety of this breed. It should be noted that they can be stubborn at times, so have patience during the training period. It will eventually pay off!
French Bulldog History
The origins of the French Bulldog begin with ancient Greeks who bred a Mastiff type dog who was used to fight bulls. Eventually this practice became outlawed and these “Bulldogs” were bred for more non-sporting reasons.
This led to smaller versions of the breed by crossing them with terriers in England. This breeding eventually lost popularity in England, but increased in France where the French Bulldog earned its name. These dogs were very popular with various artistic communities in France. Eventually the breed became popular outside France and imported into the US where a breeding program was established in 1885.
French Bulldog Training & Temperament
Frenchies are relatively easy to train as they are people pleasers, but be aware, they do have a stubborn streak. Early and consistent training can help overcome this and treats make great motivators. It’s a good idea to socialize your dog early with strangers and other dogs.
The dog enjoys companionship with humans and shouldn’t be left alone for long periods as they can have separation anxiety.
French Bulldog Exercise
French Bulldogs don’t need too much exercise. A short daily walk or some outdoor playtime should keep them in shape. They have a short, flat face which can cause breathing issues when over exerted. It’s best to avoid over exercising in hot/humid weather.
French Bulldog Grooming
Frenchies shed a minimal amount including a couple times a year where they lose their undercoat. If brushed weekly it’ll help control the amount of hair. The folds in their face need to be kept clean & dry. Their nails should be trimmed regularly.
French Bulldog Health
French Bulldogs can have breathing issues because of their short snout. It’s best to avoid hot weather. They also aren’t swimmers and care should be taken around water including avoiding leaving unattended during a bath.