With its batlike ears and easygoing nature, the French Bulldog is a one-of-a-kind dog! Frenchies are exploding with popularity in the U.S.—and not for lack of reason. French Bulldogs typically come in a handy size, are easy to groom, and have unique personality traits that set them apart from many other breeds. Despite their “French” […]
With its batlike ears and easygoing nature, the French Bulldog is a one-of-a-kind dog! Frenchies are exploding with popularity in the U.S.—and not for lack of reason. French Bulldogs typically come in a handy size, are easy to groom, and have unique personality traits that set them apart from many other breeds.
Despite their “French” moniker, French Bulldogs or Frenchies actually originated in England and became quick companions to English lacemakers who relocated to France. Their delightful demeanor and cute appearance gave them the popularity among the French they proudly hold around the world today. In fact, according to National Geographic, Frenchies jumped from their 11th place position in AKC registration in 2013 to 4th in 2017.
This wonderful breed is definitely charming. They are known for being able to adapt to a variety of different households. And while they don’t bark much, Frenchies have an attentiveness that makes them an excellent watchdog.
Are you planning to bring a French Bulldog into your life? Here are a few key things to know about the breed so you’re extra prepared to care for them.
The French Bulldog got its start in England during the 1800’s. The toy-size breed was a popular mascot of lace makers, especially in the Nottingham region. During the height of the Industrial Revolution, the advancement of technology threatened lacemaking, causing many lacemakers to relocate to France.
And it was in France where this Bulldog breed earned its “French” title. The little furry cutie was so popular among French citizens, and became associated with Parisian life and were even featured in several famous paintings.
As the little Frenchie’s popularity grew across Europe, its charm reached the United States. In 1896, the first French Bulldog was showcased at the Westminster Kennel Club. Shortly after, the breed was affectionately nicknamed “Frenchie”, which is still used today.
The French Bulldog is considered a small breed. Its general height is 11 to 13 inches. Males can weigh 20 to 28 pounds while females typically weigh 16 to 24 pounds. Anything over 28 pounds is considered overweight.
Easy-going and playful, Frenchies are well-beloved among dog lovers. French Bulldogs thrive around people, whether it’s through playtime or training. They’re also pretty independent, and enjoy doing things their own way. This carefree attitude makes them a bit stubborn; once a Frenchie has their mind set on something, there’s nothing that can budge them. That’s why it’s important to use lots of rewards and praise with this breed during training.
If you’re searching for a furry friend who loves high-impact exercise in the outdoors, Frenchies aren’t the right breed for you. Along with regular playtime, Frenchies also love having some time to relax by snuggling on the couch with their favorite humans or taking naps on their doggy beds. However, their love of human contact also comes at a price. Frenchies do not like being left alone for long periods of time. They can also be very territorial of their owners, but all of these qualities only emphasize their strong love of people.
Other than a brief walk or a short playtime session every day, French Bulldogs do not need plenty of exercise to be healthy. They also excel in competitions including obedience and agility. Please remember that French Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed, which causes them to be susceptible to breathing problems. When exercising or training, it’s imperative to avoid hot or humid weather. Frenchies should never exert themselves, and should be kept in a cool, air-conditioned area.
A French Bulldog’s coat is short, smooth, and shiny. Their skin also tends to be soft in texture and wrinkled, especially around the muzzle, head, and shoulders. Frenchies do not shed very often—a plus for those with allergies! To groom a French Bulldog, make sure to use a medium-bristle brush or another tool that will help remove the excess hairs. Frenchies must be groomed on a weekly basis to keep them looking their best. You should also clean your Frenchie’s facial folds regularly.
Like with all dogs, early socialization and training is a must. We recommend exposing your Frenchie to a variety of different environments and people. Frenchies are small but they can have big personalities when it comes to meeting new people. With the right amount of socialization and training, you can help them grow into polite and civilized adult dogs. It’s true that French Bulldogs can be rather stubborn, but with enough praises and treats, you can train them to follow commands.
French Bulldogs are a wonderful addition to a home. Playful and eager to please, Frenchies live to be around their favorite people. However, in the same way they give love and companionship to us, they also deserve the right family to take care of them. When you decide to open your home for a Frenchie, you’ll always have a puppy you’ll forever love.
Of course, if you feel the Frenchie isn’t right for you, check out our blog, 5 Fun Facts about Golden Retrievers to learn about another wonderful breed at Petland!