French Bulldog Breed Information

French Bulldog

A charmer with bat ears

The cheerful French Bulldog, often referred to as “bully” by fans, is a lovable little dog who, with his charm and great cuddly need, will wrap any canine friend around his paw.

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Little powerhouses

The French Bulldog gives the impression of a muscular compact quadruped with its short, stocky build. They have a height of 30 cm at the withers and a weight between 8 and 14 kg. Striking are the large standing bat ears on the angular head and the short tail. The shiny coat without an undercoat comes in many common colors such as black, white fawn, cream, or dark striped.

Also Read: English Mastiff Dog Breed Information

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Young breed with old roots

French Bulldogs, like Pugs, Dogue de Bordeaux and Mastiffs, belong to the Molosser family. Although these dog-like dogs have ancient ancestors, the French Bulldog is a relatively young breed. It was not until the second half of the 19 e bred purposefully century. Dog experts disagree on what breed is in the French Bulldog. It is suspected that small English Bulldogs were brought from Great Britain by English weavers who settled in Normandy. The English Bulldogs became bull baiting for dogfighting and – where the name comes from –used. A tethered bull is attacked by several dogs for entertainment. After the ban on these horrific fights, the development of Bulldogs took a different turn and the dog was bred as a companion dog.

In the early days of French Bulldog breeding, Terriers were also said to have been crossed because some hunters discovered the breed. Pugs must also have played a role in the development of French Bulldogs. In 1880 the first breed club was founded in Paris. When some copies by the end of the 19 e century back to Britain arrived, they were bred to lack of their own standard modeled on the English Bulldog and ridiculed because of their large bat ears. In 1888 the breed got its own standard. The famous progenitor of the breed was the male “Loupi”, who appears in almost every studbook. Especially in Paris, the little Bulldog quickly became a favorite dog, especially with poorer canine friends.

French Bulldog

Later, with his extraordinary appearance and sympathetic character, he conquered the European nobility. Also in the US at the turn of the century, there was – albeit short-lived – a pedigree of the bat-eared dog. Here, French Bulldogs were also fondly referred to as “Batpigs” (bat pigs) because of their special appearance. Today, French Bulldogs are loved in many countries and some stars also appreciate the charming four-legged friend. For example, the actor Hugh Jackman, several photos of which with his two Bulldogs Dali and Peaches are circulating on the Internet. He likes to show how his dogs enrich his daily life. Also, singer Madonna has a weakness for the charm of these dogs and has a female named Gypsy Rosa Lee.

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The character of the French Bulldog: child-friendly rascal

French Bulldogs are uncomplicated cheerful creatures: they are smart, friendly, love cuddles and are easy to train. Because of their shortness of breath, they prefer short walks and hardly bark. In general, they get along well with other dogs, are playful and attentive. In addition, they are child-friendly and do not have a hunting instinct. As a result, they get along well with house cats or the neighbor’s cat. All these traits combined with their size make them much loved city dogs.

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Education for the studious and stubborn dog

Like all dogs, the French Bulldog needs a strong leader, so training is easy. So be careful not to fall for the small dog’s charm. Then you have a four-legged friend by your side who, despite his stubbornness, listens to you. If your bully can’t go to bed with you, don’t make exceptions while he’s still a puppy. Otherwise, it will be difficult to convince him otherwise. With positive reinforcement and lots of little lessons of a few minutes (the French Bulldog’s attention span is not long), you can quickly teach your French Bulldog puppy the most important commands. A dog school can offer a lot of help with the education and socialization of your puppy.

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Health: problems of a fashion dog

As uncomplicated as the French Bulldog is in character, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the health of the breed. You should avoid breeders who promote an extremely short head of the breed. Because of the short shape of the head, many dogs suffer from breathing problems and they also snore. This may be cute in a puppy but can become a major problem with an adult bully in the long run. Some French Bulldogs get a cherry eye (swollen third eyelid), often at a young age. This can be surgically corrected if necessary.

Usually, French Bulldogs do not tolerate heat well. So rather let your dog out in the early morning or late evening in the hot summer months. In the summer always make sure that your Bulldog has a cool place in the shade. Also, protect your dog from drafts. The eyes are sensitive to that. Due to the anatomy, natural births are almost impossible for bullies: the head is just too big in relation to the pelvis. French Bulldogs live an average of 9 to 11 years.

French Bulldog

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Food for the French Bulldog: for an optimal balance

The French Bulldog has a tendency to be overweight, which should of course be avoided. Also, some Bulldogs have a sensitive stomach and/or bloating. In this case, you need to find the right animal food and then stop experimenting with them – not even with different types of candy. Animal feed with a high meat content is the most suitable, whether it is wet ordry food goes. So make sure that meat comes first on the ingredients list. The food should not contain grain because that can cause problems with the sensitive dog’s stomach. Growing French Bulldogs get their food in four servings a day. Two meals are sufficient for adult dogs. After eating, the four-legged friend should have the opportunity to rest a bit – so a suitable time to feed is after a walk.

Switch slowly

Your breeder will certainly provide you with a supply of the food that the puppy is already used to. You should at least feed this at the beginning to make it easier to get used to a new home. If you choose another dog food after that, you should switch slowly – mix the new food with the known food so as not to irritate the sensitive stomach. There are special products for dental care snacks. Dried beef ears or regularly chewing on raw pieces of beef – preferably never pork – is also good for teeth. Of course, your bully should always have fresh drinking water available.

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Easy to care for coat

Bullies are dogs that are easy to care for. Grooming their short coat takes almost no time. Only if the dog is very dirty should you wash it – use a mild shampoo from the pet store. Some dogs have facial folds that need to be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth to prevent inflammation. Special ear cleaners for animals are suitable for this, which are also available in the pet store.

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Activities: Being a part of it is everything!

French Bulldogs love walks, but not when it’s very hot. Also, the pace should not be too high and you should not overload your bully with long distances. Its short legs make it impossible to run a marathon. Many French Bulldogs also suffer from shortness of breath due to the short shape of the head, so that the four-legged friend starts panting faster than he would like.

Just because bullies aren’t working dogs that will bite your furniture when they’re bored doesn’t mean you don’t need to keep them occupied besides walks at all. Regularly keep your little charmer busy learning easy tricks that don’t so much challenge the body but rather challenge the dog mentally. The sociable French Bulldog also enjoys contact with other dogs, which he can play with. In addition, the dogs love intensive cuddle moments and are also happy with a quiet afternoon in your company if they get enough attention.

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Who does a French Bulldog suit?

A French Bulldog is suitable for all canine friends who do not intend to perform top sporting performances with their four-legged friends. Suitable for families and singles, the kid-friendly breed is also a good dog for beginners. Older people who like to go out with their dog will have a lot of fun with a French Bulldog. The small charmer can also be kept well in a large city house – it is important, however, that he does not have to climb stairs very often with his short legs. The small dogs should not be left alone for too long as they need a lot of attention. If you have children who need to become friends with the French Bulldog, you should set rules in advance about how to handle the animal: if children learn to treat each other with respect and give the four-legged friend some rest, a friendship for life can develop.

French Bulldog

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Bulldogs get along well with other pets

Because French Bulldogs do not have a hunting instinct, they can often be kept with other pets. Rule out in advance if there are any family members who are allergic to dog hair. The charming Bulldogs are also comfortable in a city home – just make sure to check if keeping dogs is allowed if you have a rental home. Before the dog moves in with you, you should also inquire about dog tax and dog liability insurance. Also, think about what you want to do with your dog when you go on holiday: Can you take your French Bulldog on a trip? Then look in advance for possible holiday destinations – the four-legged friend does not like the heat – and suitable hotels. Otherwise, arrange accommodation with other dog friends or in a dog boarding house.

There are some basic necessities for a French Bulldog such as food bowls, dog basket, stuff for the car, toys and of course a collar and leash and best also a harness. In addition to these basic necessities, there are also costs for high-quality food and regular visits to the vet: at least once a year and of course more often in case of illness.

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This is how you find the French Bulldog of your dreams

The same applies to dog breeding: demand determines supply. Because the French Bulldog has become a very popular dog, there are also many people who do not breed in the interest of the breed but are out for easy and quick money. When purchasing a French Bulldog puppy, make sure you find a serious breeder who is open to questions. A competent breeder is always affiliated with an association and only gives his French Bulldog puppy with a studbook certificate, vaccination certificate, and after he has been dewormed several times. Even if you do not want to go to exhibitions with your dog, you should only buy dogs with papers because breeders who are affiliated with an association have to pass breeding tests with their four-legged friends and only then are allowed to breed. A competent breeder is the best protection against genetic diseases.

Usually, you can visit the puppy several times in the breeder’s house and also get to know the parents. Prefer breeders who focus on one breed and give their animals enough time to recover between litters. Quality instead of quantity should be the motto. The breeder is also happy to answer questions about the breed and what health precautions he takes. Also regarding the problematic features that can lead to shortness of breath. It’s a good sign if he takes a critical look at you. It shows that he cares about a good home for his puppy – a good sign that you are dealing with a responsible breeder!

Also, look at the shelter

Do you want to offer an older bully a new home? Fine! There are numerous French Bulldogs waiting for a new home in animal shelters. It is also worth searching the Internet for special “Bulldog in Need” organizations that deal with the mediation of different types of Bulldogs. Animal shelters can find out during a conversation with you whether the character of the dog in question suits you. Ideally, you can take a walk together to get to know him better before he moves in with you. We wish you a great time with your French Bulldog!

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