The French Bulldog, also known as Frenchie is a small dog measuring around 12 in (30 cm) at the withers.
Frenchies belong to the Toy Bulldog type which means that they were bred from the larger Bulldog family, originally created as a fighting dog and not a domestic pet. The new and smaller Toy Bulldogs were imported to France from England by English workers during a time of industrial unrest in Nottingham in the middle of the Nineteenth century.
The French Bulldog features short hair and a muscular, toned body. It has a flat nose and a naturally short tail. The Frenchie has ears that stand straight up and, as per The American Kennel Club's standards (AKC) the breed should have a 'moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth coat'. The coat colours accepted by the AKC are "all brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white". Brindle is a colour pattern given by the mixture of black and fawn hair. Pied is a mixture of Fawn and white or Brindle and white. Measuring around 30cm (12 inches) at the withers, the French Bulldog should weigh between 8-13 kilograms on average.
French Bulldogs are described as a loyal, loving though sometimes, stubborn breed. Nevertheless, Frenchies make for amazing companion dogs for humans and other pets (even cats) due to their friendly and very playful nature.
French Bulldogs bark very little, which makes them ideal pets for those living in busy apartment blocks: in fact, despite alerting you in the presence of strangers your pet will rarely bark without a reason.
French Bulldogs are very intelligent dogs and can be easily trained by making the training experience a fun and positive one. However, if you're hoping to teach your pooch to perform in agility competitions, a Frenchie may not be the best candidate due to its stubbornness.
The French Bulldog loves to be around people but as all pets it must be properly socialised with both humans and other pets as it can be quite territorial. Frenchies are fun and mischievous by nature, and they need a patient but entertaining and loving owner who will enjoy an active dog.
French Bulldogs love their daily walk and workout as they are moderately energetic dogs. They enjoy short strolls especially if they can socialise along the way. As with any dog breed, Frenchies too need regular exercise in order to be healthy and fit. Mix it up a little and make sure your pet has the opportunity to play both indoors and outdoors, spend time interacting with your dog and keep its mind thinking of new ways to have fun.
French Bulldogs are prone to respiratory problems as well as some joint problems. You should always check with the breeder and ask about the parents' health state as not all French Bulldogs will be affected. Regular veterinary check ups are vital to ensure that your Frenchie is not developing health issues. Keeping your pet's weight under control through exercise and a balanced diet is essential to its wellbeing. Check out this article for more tips on how to care for your French Bulldog.