The French Bulldog is a small (between 20-30 lbs), compactly built breed that originated in France and England. While they were once ratters, now the French Bulldog is bred as a companion. This breed is very charismatic and has increased in popularity during recent years.
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French Bulldogs come in a multitude of colors. The AKC standard says this about the acceptable varieties:
“Acceptable colors – All brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any color except those which constitute disqualification. All colors are acceptable with the exception of solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black, which are disqualifications. Black means black without a trace of brindle.”
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French Bulldogs have a few nicknames – “Frenchies” and “Frog Dogs” . In the photo above you can see a Frenchie in the “Frog” position that earned him the nickname!
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The Frenchie in the pic above is enjoying a stroll. This breed does not need a great deal of exercise, but daily walks are needed to keep them fit and stimulated. French Bulldogs are Brachycephalic (meaning they have a short muzzle), thus extreme care must be taken with physical activity in hot weather. These little dogs can easily overheat.
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With roots in both the bulldog and terrier groups, the French Bulldog is occasionally found to be aggressive towards other dogs. This is usually restricted to dogs of the same gender, but some Frenchies do not like other dogs – period. Spaying and neutering can help with these tendencies if it is done early. On the other hand, the photograph above illustrates 2 French Bulldogs living harmoniously. If you are thinking about adding a Frenchie to your home, acquire one of the opposite sex of your established dog.
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French Bulldogs are a great choice for individuals living in apartments. They generally are not excessive barkers. This breed enjoys indoor play and can have a great deal of fun inside. Frenchies have a single layered coat that only requires minimal care to keep neatly groomed.
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French Bulldogs are known to snore. Snoring can be intensified if the dog has difficulty breathing due to its short muzzle.
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A French Bulldog meets his English cousin in the pic above. Early socialization can help make your Frenchie more comfortable around other canines.
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French Bulldogs love being with “their” people and need lots of attention in order to thrive. They will be happiest when they are at home with you or if you take them with you on outings. Crate training is a great method of keeping your Frenchie (and your home) safe when you do have to go out without them!
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Choosing a reputable French Bulldog breeder is an absolute necessity. This breed is prone to a variety of genetic conditions and asking breeders questions about health testing is a must! Frenchies can suffer from elongated soft palates and cleft palates, Von Willebrand’s Disease (a bleeding disorder), and spinal conditions. Research before you get a puppy to spare yourself the heartbreak of these conditions.
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Sometimes owners forget the background of this breed due to their small stature and charming nature. However they *are* bulldogs, thus consistent, firm training needs to be in place from an early age. Setting limits and boundaries for these couch potatoes is a must!
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