The French Bulldog
The French bulldog was first found in the early 1800s. The breed originated in England and was created to be a toy-size version of the Bulldog. When Normandy lace workers went from England to France to find work and better opportunities, they brought this smaller bulldog version with them in order to keep them company and chase away the rats.
In these French farming communities, the popularity of French Bulldogs started to grow rapidly and was soon loved by the Americans as well. The American Kennel Club formally recognized the French bulldog in 1898. The French bulldog is a mid-sized member of the non-sporting group. A breed was quickly nicknamed “Frenchie”. Today, this breed is widely known as an awesome household companion, suitable for city life. The members of this breed are famous for their “bat” ears that occur naturally and are never cropped or altered.
French bulldogs are small sized dogs that weight under 28 pounds and are up to 13 inches in height. Their coat comes in a few colors – most common ones are brindle, brindle white, cream, fawn, fawn white, fawn brindle... The rarest of all colors is the Blue French Bulldog that has a blue hue or tint to its coat. The coloration is caused by color pigmentation due to genetics. If there are blue French bulldogs puppies for sale because they are so rare, don’t be surprised if you are put in the waiting list before you get one.
The French bulldog lifespan is 10-12 years. They are active, smart, and muscular dogs that are always ready to play, but also enjoy relaxing on the sofa all day. They don’t need a lot of exercise, or a big yard to run around, but will need daily walks to keep them at a healthy weight. They make perfect family pets and they expect you to give them a lot of love and affection. The French bulldog is known to thrive on attention.
They generally get along well with everyone, including children. Although they adore their owners and are trainable, French bulldogs have a mind of their own and can be very stubborn so make sure that you train your Frenchie firmly, but gently at the same time. French Bulldog is an even-tempered dog that is easy to own – it doesn’t require a lot of food, doesn’t bark a lot, its coat is easy to keep clean, it doesn’t shed a lot and they work well in small spaces. But, it is important to say that Frenchies are prone to drool a lot. Their facial wrinkles should be cleaned regularly. French Bulldogs do not naturally wear their nails down so they need to have their nails trimmed. Except for being awesome companion dogs, French bulldogs can also be very territorial and excellent watchdogs that will alert the family if there is some stranger approaching.
If you are thinking about getting a Frenchie, keep in mind that this breed does not do well being left alone at home. They are also very sensitive to extreme cold and heat. You need to keep an eye on your Frenchie when it is very hot outside in order to avoid overexertion. They should be kept in cool, comfortable surroundings.
Downside of this famous breed is that the members of the breed are prone to getting some diseases that everyone planning to get a Frenchie needs to be aware of. Diseases in question are next: a heritable condition called hip dysplasia (more about hip dysplasia you can find out about here), brachycephalic syndrome (because of obstructed airways the dog can suffer from noisy breathing to total collapse of the airway), allergies, hemivertebrae (vertebrates are shaped like a wedge or a triangle causing problems like weakness, pain or even paralysis to a dog), intervertebral disc disease that occurs when a disc pushes in the spine ruptures and pushes upward into the spinal cord causing pain and weakness to a dog, Von Willebrand's disease that is a blood disorder causing nose bleeds, bleeding gums, prolonged bleeding after a surgery or after whelping... there are more diseases you should look out for, but the safest way to get a healthy dog is make sure to get your Frenchie from a responsible breeder who will show you health clearances for puppy's parents and never from a questionable breeder, puppy mill, or pet store.
FUN FACT: There was a French bulldog aboard on the Titanic. His name was Gamin De Pycombe and was even insured for a sum of $750 (at that time the French bulldog was considered a dog of high society). Director of the movie, James Cameron, decided not to include the dog in his movie because the scenes in which little bulldog disappears in the ocean would be to disturbing.
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