The French Bulldog
The history of the French Bulldog dates back well over 100 years and it has more than likely been bred down from the courageous mastiffs that were once used as guardians and battle dogs by the Romans. This is how we came by the British Bulldog and it was around the 1800s that the breed started to change into the little dog that you see today.
By the 1850s in England you could look upon various types of Frenchies.. those with erect ears, rose ears, long or short of leg or long or short of muzzle,...the Industrial Revolution started around this time and many English workers were being replaced by machinery so in a effort to survive, many moved to France and with them came the little Bulldog.
France fell in love with the little dog to the point that by the 1860s the breed was virtually extinct in England! Among the first Parisians to fancy the Frenchie were the prostitutes or streetwalkers who displayed them as guardians...then came the wealthy socialites who portrayed the little Bulldog as a status symbol,...quite the fashion statement that the dog was, the French, over 50 years developed a more uniform type of Frenchie, thus by 1880s they had produced the Bouldedouge Francais and by the 1890s the English starting re-importing the Pedigreed French Bulldog... referring to them as the Toy Bulldog.
By the late 1890s there were a few Frenchies in America and this is where the dog came into its own, they developed the consistency of the Frenchies unique Bat ears and also were the first to write a Breed standard and organize an official breed club registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC)
I could waffle on for many a paragraph about the origins of the French Bulldog but suffice to say the dog that we have today is a slightly heavier set dog weighing in between 9 to 13 kilos for a female and 10 to 15 kilos for a male, there is no height standard for the breed.
The colours of the Frenchie are varied from the AKC recognized Brindle, Brindle Pied, Fawn, Fawn with Black Mask and the newly recognized Fawn Pied....this is not to say there aren't any other colours, you then have the rather controversial Blue, Blue Fawn, Blue Pied, Mouse, Chocolate and so on.
In my opinion, and I figure I am old enough now to have an opinion that if it looks like a Frenchie and walks like a Frenchie, then I would hazard a guess that it IS a Frenchie....as long as that so-called wrong coloured dog, is of good health and sound body it REALLY should not matter what colour it is. Again this is only an opinion!!!
I have another opinion which I am going to share....There are a lot of 'Breeders' of Frenchies around at the moment and I think it is time to give fair warning to the pet buyer.
This is a very expensive dog and you, the purchaser have worked long and hard to save for this particular breed, I caution you this...you would not buy a car, fridge, TV, etc without investigating the 'Brandname', the guarantee, or viewing the article first hand. Well, this is a similar purchase.
Please read the following link
http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/how_find_good_dog_breeder.pdfOn particular websites I have noticed people who havent been blessed with a surname selling Frenchies... they dont have a home phone number only a mobile number, they haven't got the litter on their premises and they charge more for particular colours of the breed.
Let common sense prevail, it does not cost more to raise a Fawn or a Pied!!!
So please people, do your homework.
There are at present and probably always will be Crossbreeds of the French Bulldog and of many other breeds....please be aware that if you aquire one of these dogs you may be getting a combination of 2 sets of issues and you are only encouraging the 'puppy farmer/mill'.
Are there personality differences in the
males/females and colours? ...
Yes I believe there is.
Males: on the whole, are quieter more laid back, easy going
not so quiet, can be quite dominant at times but still a lovely
dog if raised with guidelines.
on the whole all fairly even tempered.
Fawn Males: same as the above.
Fawn Females: can
be quite silly, we affectionately call them "Dumb Blondes" with a nice
Fawn Pieds: fairly even tempered.
is only my personal experience and other breeders may have a different
The Frenchie has a
way of 'pulling the wool over your eyes' so I would recommend,
regardless of colour or sex, that some basic training is implemented.
Now for the Pros & Cons.
Firstly I would like to say that this breed is a companion dog and as such requires company...please don't think for a moment that this is a dog that you can let wander around the backyard by itself all day. I would like to point out that most dogs prefer your company, but the Frenchie requires it. This is a dog that LOVES your company and even though it is quite happy to have a romp around the backyard he/she will still prefer to be with you whether it be at your feet, on your couch, chair, bed or in front of the heater... he needs your company. Even if it is just to stare at you!
If you are looking for a dog that assimilates well into apartment living
Doesn't shed much
Doesn't bark much
Has a wonderful sense of humour... as long as you are the victim
Affectionate, loving and loyal...as long as you are holding food
Loves kids...But children must be taught respect for animals and that is your job as the adult.
Then this is the breed for you.
Please take this on board when considering the breed and if it's right for you also be aware the Frenchie is an extremely rough playing dog, they do not have the "Bull' in their name for no apparent reason.
This is a Dwarf breed with some issues, i.e:
Bones and Joints:
Hemivertebrae/butterfly hermivertebrae, patella luxation, hip dysplasia and premature intervertebral disc degeneration.
Retinal dysplasia,cherry eye, everted third eyelid, entropion, extra eyelashes.
Atopic dermatitis, and other skin allergies.
Elongated soft palate, stenotic nares and short neck all inhibit breathing and swallowing.
Please take the time to read this related article. article.htm
We have only named the most common concerns.
As breeders of this wonderful breed, we are saying not all of these will go wrong, but please be aware that they can, I think I can say on behalf of most French Bulldog breeders we are doing are very best to minimize or eradicate the problems that can occur. NO breed of animal or human is free of issues!!!
Heat and Cold:
The owner MUST be aware the Frenchie do not cope well in either condition due to the build of the dog. We recommend that you have a children's clamshell wading pool available in ALL weather conditions, that might read a bit strange but if the Frenchie is playing he sometimes does not know when to stop and can overheat himself.
Also available now and which we find invaluable is a cooling jacket...
....You can get warmer coats online or at pet shops, be sure to measure the dog correctly. In general the Frenchie cannot swim, it is top heavy in the shoulders and head so in a very SHORT time will exhaust itself if it falls in water. This top heaviness should also be considered when you are holding the dog, he must be supported under the chest
In weighing these pros and cons, we can most definitely say the French Bulldog is a truly wonderful and addictive dog, it has an ego as big as France itself and sometimes needs to be 'put back into place'. It can surprisingly, run like the wind and fight like the devil himself, but I personally would not be without one, two or more and I know many happy owners that feel the same way....so please consider carefully before taking on a little 'Pygmy savage/Fruitbat' and be assured if you're ever lucky enough to own one, you won't be disappointed nor without a good laugh! They are a joy.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to know more or visit the dogs we have here.
Marissa & Lucy.
Please note that all puppies leave here at 12 weeks of age, are VCA registered, vaccinated, wormed vet-checked and de-sexed.